Islamabad: Pakistan's election commission on Thursday warned Opposition leader Imran Khan to be careful in his choice of words in future after accepting an apology from him for his scandalous remarks against the top poll body.
Cricketer-turned-politician Khan appeared before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday in two contempt cases, about two weeks after non-bailable arrest warrant issue against him with direction to appear before it on 26 October.
Though, the Islamabad High Court last week suspended the non-bailable arrest warrant Khan still appeared before the five-member ECP bench led by Chief Election Commissioner retired Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza.
The ECP had issued the contempt notice to 64-year-old Khan on 24 January over his scandalous remarks about the commission.
Akbar Babar, the petitioner who had filed the foreign funding case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership, had informed the ECP that Khan had accused it of being biased in the foreign funding case following which his counsel tendered an apology with the commission.
PTI chairman Khan's lawyer Babar Awan said that he had already submitted an apology by Khan but the bench ordered the accused to furnish fresh written apologies against his criticism of the ECP on 20 September in Karachi and his another statement months earlier when he termed the ECP as "biased".
Khan submitted apologies in both cases which were signed by him and the ECP accepted while the bench's head Sardar Raza said that he should be careful in his words in future or he would have to face consequences.
Later, Khan told media that he was happy as the ECP accepted his apology and quashed the cases against him.
"I respect the national institutions but I want to make them credible. I want ECP to be as credible as in India so that elections are accepted by the parties," he said.
Your guide to the latest election news, analysis, commentary, live updates and schedule for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on firstpost.com/elections. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram or like our Facebook page for updates from all 543 constituencies for the upcoming general elections.
Updated Date: Oct 26, 2017 15:28:45 IST