Islamabad (Staff Report): Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday suspended the bailable arrest warrants issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan in a contempt case.

The larger bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb suspended the top electoral body’s order while directing the counsel for PTI chairman, Babar Awan, to submit a reply to the show-cause notice duly signed by Imran along with an affidavit by September 25.

The directions came after the bench noted that PTI chief had yet to submit a reply to the show-cause notice and a previous reply of the PTI leader submitted before the ECP did not carry his signatures.

Imran had challenged maintainability of the contempt petition and raised objections over the ECP’s jurisdiction to initiate contempt proceedings against him.