Thursday, 26 October 2017

ECP concludes contempt cases against Imran after apology

ECP concludes contempt cases against Imran after apology
ECP concludes contempt cases against Imran after apology

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is appearing today before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) which is conducting contempt proceedings against him.
Imran's counsel Babar Awan presented arguments before the five-member ECP bench headed by the chief election commissioner, reported today.
Awan requested the bench to conclude the contempt of court case against Imran Khan as, in respect for institutions, he has presented himself before the ECP. 
There are two contempt cases under way against the PTI chief on the petitioner Akbar S Babar's pleas. 
He said that the party wants to take back the review request submitted before the ECP on January 9. 
Meanwhile, the ECP directed PTI Chairman to submit written apology over the controversial remarks he made against the ECP in a letter earlier this year. 
Imran later submitted the apology after consultation with his legal team.
The petitioner's counsel, Ahmed Hasan, then read the contents of Imran's contemptuous remarks.
Later, the ECP ruled that it accepts Imran's apology over the contemptuous remarks.  
However, the bench remarked it does not accept the same apology for Imran's remarks against the ECP in Karachi during a press talk on September 20. 
It observed that Imran will be charged with contempt if the same apology is submitted for the Karachi contempt notice as well. 
Prior to Imran's arrival, PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen also arrived at the ECP headquarters. Party leaders Naeemul Haque and Fawad Chaudhry are also at the ECP.
The petitioner against Imran, PTI's founding member Akbar Babar, is also present at the hearing. 
Warrants issued, suspended  
On October 12, the ECP had issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Imran but they were suspended by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday. 
On October 12, the ECP issued non-bailable arrest warrants of Imran in relation to a contempt of court case against him.
A five-member ECP bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan, ordered police to arrest Imran and present him before the commission on October 26.

On September 14, the ECP had issued bailable warrants against Imran to ensure his presence in the case but the IHC, on September 20, suspended the bailable arrest warrants as well.

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