The Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday dropped two contempt petitions against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan, Dawn reported. The polling monitor dropped the charges after the cricket-turned-politician submitted a written apology for accusing the commission of bias.
Khan finally appeared before the Election Commission on Thursday, nearly two weeks after it issued non-bailable arrest warrants against him. The counsel for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Babar Awan, had argued that Khan had apologised twice for his remarks and therefore, there were no grounds to initiate contempt proceedings against him.
The five-member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza then accepted Khan’s apology for his remarks accusing the poll body of bias in pursuing a foreign funding case against his party. However, the bench asked Khan’s counsel to file a written apology signed by his client in the second contempt application, which it accepted after amendments.