ECP Issues Warrants To Arrest Imran Khan, Asad Umar And Fawad Chaudhary
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan today issued bailable warrants for the arrest of PTI leaders Imran Khan, Asad Umar and Fawad Chaudhary in a contempt case pending with the commission.
A four-member bench of the EC led by member Nisar Durrani issued arrest warrants during hearing of the case on Tuesday (Jan 10).
The ECP’s four-member bench rejected exemption pleas of the PTI leaders and ordered them today to appear before the bench on January 17.
It may be noted that in August 2022, the commission issued a contempt notice to the PTI leaders as they insulted the ECP and its Chairman in various public rallies, press conferences and interviews.
In the contempt notice, ECP said that the PTI leaders have crossed limits, passing unparliamentary, and contemptuous remarks against the commission and others.
PTI to challenge warrants
PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said that he would challenge the ECP’s arrest warrants in the high court. He also said that the PTI would file a contempt of court petition against the ECP.
Fawad said, “ECP’s decision to issue arrest warrants is contempt of high court’s decision.”
PTI leader said the commission issued its verdict today and announced next hearing on Jan 17 which was a violation of the rules.
Fawad Chaudhary said that it was a “biased” decision of the Election Commission of Pakistan.