Imran Khan’s arrest order
According to Geo News, the arrest warrants against Imran Khan and two of his aides have been issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan, which is hearing the contempt case against the three leaders. According to Geo, the arrest warrant for Imran Khan has been issued by a four-member bench of the Election Commission headed by Electoral College member Nisar Durrani. Rejecting the petition for exemption from appearance of PTI leaders, this bench also ordered them to appear in the next hearing on January 17. Earlier, on January 3, the Election Commission of Pakistan had reserved its decision on their petitions. The Supreme Court had also allowed the Election Commission to initiate contempt proceedings against Imran Khan, his aide Asad Umar and Fawad Chaudhry.
Uproar in Pakistan’s politics
During the last hearing in the Election Commission of Pakistan, lawyer Ali Bukhari appeared on behalf of the leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party and sought exemption from appearing for the three leaders. He had said that Fawad Chaudhary’s mother is seriously ill and he is with her in a hospital in Lahore. Moreover, he told the Election Commission that Imran Khan, who was injured in the bullet injury, has not yet been allowed to travel. Following which a member of the Election Commission inquired about his medical report, which claimed that the PTI chief was not able to travel. Further, the Election Commission member said that he has not even responded to the show cause so far, so the Election Commission has directed him to submit the application.
What are the allegations against Imran Khan?
There are allegations against Imran Khan that during his different rallies last year, Imran Khan and his associates repeatedly made derogatory remarks against the Election Commission, which has caused contempt of the Election Commission. Therefore, notice was issued to the leaders of PTI. There was also an allegation against Imran Khan of threatening a police officer and a judge at an Islamabad rally and in that case he later apologised. But, now the Election Commission of Pakistan has asked him to appear on January 17.