Former Pakistan Prime Minister has been issued a non-bailable arrest warrant by the Election Commission in row over causing hindrance to the EC’s court proceedings. Imran Khan would appear for trial at 10 AM today, at the Pakistan Supreme Court in Islamabad.
Amidst the longstanding legal battles of the Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan, another warrant has been filed against him. While the previous warrants issues in his name were bailable, Pakistan EC has steered a step ahead and lodged a non-bailable warrant postulating that Khan’s actions are contemptuous and hinder proceedings of the election committee.
Last Monday, Khan was granted bail for another by the Supreme Court, before being issued a non-bailable warrant. His Party members and the legal team have further confirmed his presence at the Court today while the Ex Prime Minister regards the charge as fake.
The warrant clearly mentions the precedent of the alleged “Use of Intemperate Language” as well as “Contemptuous remarks against Election Commission of Pakistan”. Imran Khan has been charged with a total of 150 cases since the past year for various allegations like corruption and terrorism.
According to Dawn, a four-member bench from the ECP (Election Commission of Pakistan) headed by Nisar Durrani ordered the release for Khan’s warrant in lieu of his repeated absence in the court. He is charged under Section 10 of the Election Act 2017 -“Power to punish under contempt of Court”. Hearing was scheduled on July 11 regarding the same.
Two other PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf) members, Party leader Asad Umar and Former Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary have also been charged along with him. All three accused did not appear before the Top court.
He was also arrested in May this year following a direct disqualification from the Parliament. Protests by his supporters during a rally caused immense political tensions in the country.
Khan and the co-accused members failed to appear before the court earlier during January and March hearings this year.
Former PM is also facing charges for murder of a senior lawyer, Abdul Razzaq Shar in Quetta. The Supreme Court strictly denied any arrest for this case until August 9. The ECP has ordered the Islamabad Inspector General to Arrest Imran Khan for the above charges at an instant to set off the court proceedings at 10 AM.
A fresh row of criminal charges awaits Imran Khan as an Interior Minister from the government threatens to expose Khan’s alleged attempt to disclose confidential secrets pertaining to bureaucratic alliance between Washington and Islamabad, confirms Reuters.