IHC larger bench to hear Imran's petition against ECP's warrants on 23rd

Lester Mason
October 19, 2017

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Monday made a decision to scrutinize party funding documents submitted by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) until Islamabad High Court gives a verdict in the case.

According to him, it was not within the commission's jurisdiction to conduct contempt proceedings against a member of Parliament.

In 2014, Babar filed a petition in the ECP seeking the disqualification of PTI Chairman Imran Khan for allegedly obtaining funding from illegal sources and discrepancies in the party's accounts.

Khan is being victimized politically for his stance against corruption, it added.

The PTI supremo had voluntarily chose to appear before the election regulator on October 26 after it issued non-bailable arrest warrants for the PTI chief on October 12 pertaining to a contempt of court case against him. Babar's lawyer Ahmad Hassan said that the PTI admits receiving funds from the Gulf states but it does not reflect it in its documents submitted with the Election Commission.

He further stated that the election commission has ordered the authorities to arrest Khan and produced him before the tribunal on 26th October.

The five-member ECP, bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan, was hearing a petition filed by the PTI dissident - Akbar S. Babar - when it issued non-bailable warrants for Khan.

Awan pleaded the bench to declare the arrest warrants void.

Hearing his arguments, the bench had reserved its verdict in the case.

Not only has the issuance of non-bailable arrest warrants by ECP caused mental pain to Imran Khan but even the ECP is being criticised over it by Imran's political opponents, Babar claimed.

Nonetheless, on September 14, the ECP had issued bailable warrants against Imran to ensure his presence in the case.

Justice Amir Farooq heard the proceedings in the case today.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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