Lauding the Supreme Court's orders of dismissing a set of review petitions filed by ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday said a conspiracy against the top court's monitoring judge has been foiled. Legal brains are of the view that PTI chief can avoid arrest if he obtains a pre-arrest bail. The arrest warrant has been issued in the wake of Imran's continued absence from the ECP with regard to a contempt hearing against him and a series of orders issued to him. "Since we filed the Panama Papers case petition, so many cases have been filed against us", he said.
According to the ECP's warrant, addressed to the Islamabad SSP Operations, Imran has been charged with contempt of ECP under Section 103-A of the Representation of People Act, 1976 for failing to appear before the commission despite a show cause notice.
Syed Ahmed Hassan was the counsel for Akbar S Babar while Babar Awan appeared in the commission from PTI side.
It said despite being given repeated opportunities, the PTI chief refused to tender an unconditional apology in utter disregard to the commission's direction.
During his arguments Imran Khan's counsel Babar Awan told the ECP that his client was ready to appear before the commission but could not show up as he had returned from overseas just an hour back.
The ECP also summoned the Punjab chief secretary to appear before it on September 20 for a hearing into the violation of the code of conduct.
Challenging the commission's authority to hear the case, Imran Khan also raised objections over ECP's jurisdiction to initiate contempt proceedings against him, however, the commission ruled that it is within the ECP's jurisdiction to take action on contempt of court.