NBW issued against Imran Khan

ECP has issued orders to the authorities to present Imran Khan before the commission on October 26

PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi in his petition submitted on Thursday requested the Supreme Court (SC) not to consider the documents recently submitted by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan in the ongoing disqualification case.

Akbar Babar, the petitioner who had filed the foreign funding case against the PTI leadership, had informed the ECP that the PTI chief had accused it of being biased in the foreign funding case following which his counsel tendered an apology with the commission.

The warrants have been issued for the said date to ensure presence of the PTI chairman before the ECP on the next hearing.

The money was later sent to Pakistan through supposedly illegal channels, which the popular politician then allegedly concealed in his annual audit reports submitted to the commission.

The five-member ECP, bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan, heard the case. This warrant has been issued for failing to appear in the court repeatedly and not giving a written justification or apology to the court for not appearing despite various letters. The court has ordered for Imran Khan to be arrested and brought in front of the court at the next hearing of the case, which is on 26th October.

However, the PTI has said it will challenge the decision in the high court.

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

Before this also, on September 14th, the election commission had issued a bailable warrant against Imran Khan, however, the same was later suspended on PTI's petition.

"A new warrant is issued in the same case where a bailable warrant was already suspended".

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