NBW issued against Imran Khan

This is the first time the commission has issued non-bailable warrant for him.

Speaking to media persons outside the Supreme Court, he said Imran Khan did not declare his London flat in his tax returns and nomination papers for elections.

Islamabad Chief Commissioner Zulfiqar Ali on Friday disclosed that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan owns at least 300 kanals (37.5 acres) of agricultural land in Mohra Noor, Bani Gala, in Islamabad's suburbs.

Hitting out at the ECP's order, Babar Awan, Imran Khan's chief counsel said, "A new warrant is issued in the same case where a (bailable) warrant was already suspended".

While in his previous hearing, the PTI Chief has submitted his reply through his lawyer, "I respect the ECP and believe in the supremacy of institutions". The ECP on September 14 had issued bailable arrest warrants against Imran following his failure to show up for the contempt of court proceedings, which was later suspended by the IHC on the PTI's petition.

The ECP had issued the contempt notice to Khan on January 24 over his "scandalous remarks" about the commission.

The IHC has yet to decide on Imran's petition challenging the power of the top poll body to prosecute a contempt case.

On Thursday, Advocate Shahid Gondil told the court that the case, pertaining to the ECP's jurisdiction to hear the plea, was pending in the Islamabad High Court (IHC). This warrant has been issued for failing to appear in the court repeatedly and not giving a written justification or apology to the court for not appearing despite various letters.

Vanessa Coleman