Pakistan Election Commission: Election Commission of Pakistan issues non-bailable arrest warrant against Imran Khan for contempt. World News – Times of India

Islamabad: Pakistan’s top election body on Tuesday issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against the former prime minister. Imran Khan in contempt of court.
Pakistan Election Commission (ECP) also issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against the former Information and Broadcasting minister. fawad chaudhary for the same offence.
The ECP last year accused Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Khan and former party leaders Chaudhary and Asad Umar of using “intemperate” language against the election watchdog body and its chief Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). Contempt proceedings were initiated for
The arrest warrant order against Khan and Chaudhary was passed by a four-member ECP bench headed by member Nisar Durrani after both the PTI leaders failed to appear before it on Tuesday despite several warnings.
However, Umar is spared when his lawyer tells the ECP that his client has to attend another case and has a medical appointment, requesting exemption from appearance.
The Election Commission accepted the request and directed the lawyer to submit a formal petition in this regard, but issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Khan and Chowdhary and adjourned the hearing to 25 July.
The ECP had asked the PTI leaders to appear in person or through their counsel to explain their position, but instead, they challenged the ECP notices and contempt proceedings in higher courts.
After protracted proceedings, in January the Supreme Court allowed the ECP to continue proceedings against Khan, Chaudhary and Umar. Thereafter, the ECP decided to frame charges against him.
Khan, 70, has been facing multiple cases in various courts since he was ousted from power in April last year.
Chaudhary, who was once a staunch supporter of Khan, quit PTI on 9 May after violence by party supporters.
Violent protests broke out across the country on 9 May after PTI chief Khan was arrested from the premises of Islamabad High Court,
The government subsequently launched a massive crackdown against PTI leaders and activists, arresting thousands of people for attacking civilian and military installations.
Khan’s supporters vandalized a dozen military installations, including the Lahore Corps Commander’s House, Mianwali Airbase and the ISI building in Faisalabad, in response to Khan’s arrest.
The mob also attacked the Army Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi for the first time.
Police put the death toll in the violent clashes at 10, while Khan’s party claimed 40 of its workers were killed in firing by security personnel.