Sunday 18 February 2018

Arrest warrant issued for Imran Khan over claims of election commission bias

Imran Khan pictured at a charity reception
Imran Khan pictured at a charity reception

Pakistan's election commission wants the arrest of the country's top opposition leader, cricket-star-turned-politician Imran Khan, on contempt charges.

Haroon Shinwari, a spokesman for the election commission, said its panel of judges issued an arrest warrant for Mr Khan on Thursday.

The judges are also demanding the police bring Mr Khan in for a hearing scheduled for October 26, Mr Shinwari said.

Mr Shinwari claimed the commission has the constitutional right to issue arrest warrants.

It issued a similar warrant last month but it was rejected by the Islamabad High Court.

Mr Khan's lawyer Babar Awan said he will again appeal against the motion before the High Court.

The contempt charges raised by the commission judges stem from Mr Khan's remarks earlier this year in which he purportedly said the commission was biased in favour of the government.

AP

Press Association

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