Islamabad [Pakistan]The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued non-bailable arrest warrants on Tuesday, July 11, for Pakistan Justice Movement for Justice (PTI) chief Imran Khan and former Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry , for contempt of court. According to Dawn, the electoral body and the Chief Electoral Commissioner (CEC).
The arrest warrant was passed by four ECP judges headed by member Nisar Durrani.
Last year, the ECP filed contempt proceedings against PTI chairmen Asad Umar and Fawad for using “aggressive” language against the CEC and the election watchdog. They also asked them to appear in court, either in person or through lawyers, to further explain their role, according to Dawn.
Nonetheless, instead of appearing before the ECP, the PTI leaders challenged the ECP’s notice and contempt proceedings in various high courts on the grounds of Section 10 of the Elections Act 2017 (statutory provisions concerning the Commission’s power to punish contempt of court) ) violated the provisions of the Electoral Act. constitution.
Under the Electoral Act 2017, section 10 titled “Power to Punish Contempt of Court” provides that “the Election Commission may exercise the same powers as the High Court to punish any person who is in contempt of court and the Contempt of Court Regulations 2003 (V 2003), or any other contempt of court law shall come into force accordingly…”
The PTI leaders have also sought declaratory discharge from the High Court.
In January, the Supreme Court allowed the ECP to continue its case against PTI chiefs Imran Khan, Fawad and Umar. However, the Supreme Court held that as the defendants had raised objections to the ECP’s powers under Section 10 in the pending proceedings, the ECP needed to consider and make a decision before passing the final order, Dawn reported.
Later on June 21, the ECP decided to charge the three.
Although Imran, Fawad and Omar were summoned, they did not attend today’s hearing, Dawn reported.
While giving reasons, Omar’s paralegal told the ECP that Omar had another case to attend to and required a medical appointment, and later requested a waiver to appear in person, Dawn reported.
However, the European Commission accepted his request and asked the lawyers to file a formal defense on the matter.
Likewise, Fawad’s assistant lawyer said his client was in Lahore while his lawyer, Faisal Chaudhry, was at the Islamabad High Court.
Apart from this, the ECP also issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Fawad and Imran and postponed the hearing until July 25. (ANI)
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