The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday issued bailable arrest warrants for PTI chief Imran Khan in contempt of court case.

The commission heard a contempt of court case against Khan filed by PTI dissident and one of the founding members Akbar S. Babar.

The counsel for Imran Khan , Babar Awan, argued that the PTI chief was abroad and had returned to the country just an hour ago.

“Imran Khan respects the election commission and will appear before the ECP whenever it orders,” Awan maintained.

On this, the counsel for the petitioner argued that the ECP’s orders have been violated. “Had he [Imran Khan] respected the institutions, he would have been present here,” said the counsel.

Following this, the ECP reserved its judgement in the contempt case and issued bailable arrest warrants against the PTI chief, and ordered him to appear before the court on September 25.

The election body also ordered the PTI chief to submit surety bonds worth Rs 0.1 million.