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Imran Khan to voluntarily appear before ECP

17 October, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has decided to ‘voluntarily’ appear before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on October 26, the party’s central media wing said in a statement on Monday.

The announcement came after senior PTI leaders met at Bani Gala in Islamabad to discuss party’s strategy regarding the ongoing contempt of court case in the ECP. The party also decided to challenge the arrest warrants issued earlier by the ECP for the PTI chief in the Islamabad High Court. According to the statement, the party maintains that the body does not have the authority to issue arrest warrants. Last week, the ECP had issued non-bailable arrest warrants for the PTI chief for ‘repeatedly failing to appear for the hearing and for failing to send a written apology to the ECP for his absence in court’.

Meanwhile, the ECP on Monday decided to review the documents submitted by the PTI in foreign funding case. The ECP has sought reply from the PTI over the questions raised by petitioner Akbar S Baber in the foreign funding case. A four-member bench of the ECP headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (r) Sardar Raza Khan heard foreign funding case filed against PTI by Baber. PTI counsel Anwar Mansoor Khan did not appear before the commission due to illness.

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