PTI condemns issuance of arrest warrant against Imran Khan

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Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan ordered the police to arrest the Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman and bring him before the bench on October 26.

Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah advised the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan to appear before the Election Commission of Pakistan.

However, as reported by Dawn, party spokesperson, Naeemul Haq stated that they will challenge the ECP's warrant in the Islamabad High Court.

The election commission's directive came over a contempt of court case filed against Khan for "repeatedly failing to appear for the hearing and for failing to send a written apology for absence in court". However, the court suspended the warrant following a petition from PTI.

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"We have chose to challenge the ECP order today because it is illegal and the commission has no jurisdiction to issue any arrest warrants for a political leader", Khan's spokesman Naeemul Haq told Anadolu Agency.

The case in question has been filed by Akbar S Babar, one of the founding members of PTI. Babar Awan, Chief Counsel of PTI told media that the EC has issued a fresh warrant in the same case in which it has already suspended another warrant last month. The ECP had directed Khan to submit his reply by September 25.

Khan is also facing a case against him in the Supreme Court where the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)'s petition is seeking his disqualification.

The ECP further accused him of underestimating the authority of the commission and "bringing it into disrepute and disrespect and to interfere with, obstruct, interrupt and prejudice the process of law and the due course of proceedings, and scandalising the commission".

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