Imran Khan to be indicted on August 2 in ECP contempt case

PTI Chairman directed to appear in personal capacity on next hearing

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan will be indicted in the contempt of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) case on August 2.

ECP member Nisar Durrani said during the hearing, “On August 2, Imran Khan will be indicted.” He directed PTI Chairman to appear in personal capacity on the next hearing.

Imran Khan’s lawyer Shoaib Shaheen said, “We are bound to implement the orders of the Election Commission.”

Later, the Election Commission adjourned hearing till August 2

The hearing of the contempt case against the former prime minister Imran Khan at the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was conducted today, and the electoral body waited for PTI Chairman to appear before it.

Imran Khan arrived at the ECP after his appearance in Islamabad High Court (IHC) in three cases. His vehicle was not allowed to enter the ECP premises and PTI Chairman.

ECP had earlier today adjourned the hearing of cases against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Asad Umar and Fawad Chaudhry shortly after the start of the hearing.

A non-bailable warrant was issued against Imran Khan and it was ordered to arrest him and produce him before ECP today.

A four-member bench headed by member Election Commission Nisar Durrani is hearing the contempt case. The other members of the bench are Shah Mehmood Jatoi, Babar Hassan Bharwana and Ikram ullah Khan.

At the beginning of the hearing today, Imran Khan’s lawyer Shoaib Shaheen said that five cases are pending against the PTI chairman in the Islamabad High Court (IHC). He said that as soon as the cases are over in the High Court, Imran Khan will come here.

Fawad Chaudhry apologized to the Election Commission in the case against him, on which the commission sought a written apology from him.

Fawad’s attorney Advocate Faisal Chaudhry said that an adjournment application has been submitted on behalf of Asad Umar.

ECP adjourned the hearing of the case against Fawad Chaudhry and Asad Umar till August 2.

Later, the ECP took a break in the contempt case of PTI chairman. The hearing of the case will resume on the arrival of Imran Khan.

Non-bailable warrant issued against Imran Khan:

Non-bailable arrest warrants were issued against the former prime minister for failing to appear before the Election Commission in the contempt of court case.

The ECP had directed the Inspector General (IG) Islamabad to comply with the non-bailable warrant and arrest him and produce him at 10 am.

Election Commission’s notice received at PTI chairman’s residence:

A notice of the ECP was received at the residence of PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Monday night.

SHO Bani Gala arrived at the PTI chairman’s residence to get the warrant received, which was received by Rai Muhammad Ali Advocate, a member of the PTI Chairman’s legal team.

In the notice, the ECP has asked the PTI chairman to appear before it on July 25.

Background of the case:

On August 19, the ECP had issued notices to Imran Khan, Asad Umar and Fawad Chaudhry.

The spokesman said that the political leaders had accused the Election Commission and the Chief Election Commissioner during various meetings, press conferences and interviews, while the three party leaders were directed to appear in person or through lawyer on August 30.