The Election Commission has issued bailable arrest warrants against former Prime Minister and Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan and senior party leader Fawad Chaudhry for continuous absence in the case related to insulting the Election Commission and the Chief Election Commissioner.
According to the report of Dawn newspaper, the four-member bench of the Election Commission, headed by Election Commission member from Sindh Nisar Durrani, said that the former prime minister does not appear before the Election Commission despite being called continuously, which is tantamount to insulting the Election Commission.
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The bench directed the Islamabad police chief to arrest Imran Khan and Fawad Chaudhry and produce them in court on March 14.
Last year, the Election Commission issued show-cause notices to Imran Khan and party leaders Asad Umar and Fawad Chaudhry for using indecent language against the Election Commission and its head. Last week, Asad Umar appeared before the Election Commission bench for the first time. But Imran Khan and Fawad Chaudhry only appeared after the Election Commission.
In his objections, the PTI chief said that he has also challenged the notices and show-cause notices of the Election Commission in the Lahore High Court.
Imran Khan said that the competent authority still needed to issue the Election Commission’s notice and show-cause notice. The Secretary Election Commission or the DG had no authority to issue any notice or show-cause notice without the explicit provision of the law. The same arguments were made in the reply submitted by Asad Umar.