ISLAMABAD, 12 October: The Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday this issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan for failing to appear before the commission despite repeated notices.

A five-member bench of the commission ordered the police to arrest PTI leader and produce him before the commission on October 26.

PTI chief Imran Khan has been facing contempt of court case for repeatedly failing to appear for the hearing and for failing to send a written apology to the ECP for his absence in court.

PTI had challenged maintainability of the contempt petition and ECP’s jurisdiction to initiate contempt proceedings against him.

On August 10, the commission had ruled that it had legal right to hear contempt case and issued show-cause notice to PTI chief asking him to submit a reply till August 23.

Failing to submit the reply on the due date, the commission issued second notice on August 24.

The ECP had issued bailable arrest warrant of Khan that was challenged at Islamabad High Court (IHC) by the party. IHC suspended the warrant and directed Khan’s counsel to submit a reply duly signed by Imran Khan on September 25.

Imran Khan accused ECP of being biased in foreign funding case. His counsel appeared before the commission and submitted an apology but later Imran Khan in an interview to a TV channel said that his counsel tendered the apology in his personal capacity, refusing to submit an apology.