ISLAMABAD:Islmabad High Court (IHC) referred PTI chief Imran Khan’s case, challenging his non-bailable arrest warrants issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan in a contempt case, to Chief Justice of IHC.
Justice Amir Farooq while referring the case to CJ observed that an identical petition was sub-judice before a larger bench of IHC so the instant petition should be heard by the same bench.
During the course of proceedings Babar Awan, the PTI chief’s counsel, appeared before the bench and prayed the court that the arrest warrants issued on October 12 by the top poll supervisory body against his client “be set aside and proceedings initiated by the ECP against the petitioner” may be declared “void, unlawful, without lawful authority, against the Constitution and law”.
The issuance of arrest warrants by the commission had caused the PTI chief “mental anguish” and political opponents were directing their criticism at him, the counsel added.Babar further argued that it was not within the commission?s jurisdiction to conduct contempt proceedings against a member of the parliament.
It is pertinent to mention here that a five-member bench of the ECP issued arrest warrants when the PTI leader ignored its August 24 show-cause notice relating to a foreign funding case.
Imran earlier ignored half a dozen ECP summons to appear in person.The contempt application against Imran was filed on January 23 .—APP