Election Commission of Pakistan issues arrest warrant against Imran Khan

Imran failed to prove money trail Hanif

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

On the other hand, ECP issued non-bailable warrants against Imran Khan in contempt of court case and ordered the authorities to present him before the commission on October 26 by arresting him.

PTI spokesperson Naeemul Haq said the party will challenge the warrant in the Islamabad High Court, Dawn news reported.

This is the first time the commission has issued non-bailable warrant for him.

The petitioner alleged that Khan received almost $3 million in foreign funds that were collected through two offshore companies.

The PTI rejected the electoral body's order to arrest their party chief, terming the move "illegal".

In the hearing headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) retired Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza, the ECP suspended proceedings as soon as they began and the members reconvened in the chambers.

While speaking to media on Thursday, the Pakistan Peoples Party leader remarked that Imran should avoid the embarrassment of being taken to the court by police officials.

Khan and ex-premier Nawaz Sharif have been at loggerhead for years, especially after the Panama Papers scandal in April last year.

On Thursday, Advocate Shahid Gondil told the court that the case, pertaining to the ECP's jurisdiction to hear the plea, was pending in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

The documents - detailing bank transactions in connection with Khan's assets and accounts of his offshore company, Niazi Services Ltd - are not verified and have been submitted very late in the case, Abbasi argued in his petition, submitted separately with his reply in the case.

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