ECP decides to secure foreign funding case for due hearing – Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Election Commission (ECP) has decided to set for a regular hearing the foreign funding case – linked to the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party – from January 4.

The decision was taken at a high-level ECP meeting that considered the review committee’s report submitted to the electoral body last month, it is learned.

The panel examined the finances of the ruling party in the foreign funding case.

On August 27 of last year, the review panel submitted its first report to the ECP regarding the finances of PTI in the foreign funding case, but the commission rejected this report, calling it a ‘incomplete and asked the committee to submit it no later than October 22, 2020, but the committee did not meet this deadline.

On October 23 of last year, the ECP expressed “satisfaction” with the progress of the review committee on the foreign funding case and authorized the panel to continue the investigation and complete the final report as soon as possible. “as early as possible”, but did not specify any deadline in this regard.

Last month, the committee finally completed its investigation and submitted the report to the PCE.

In November 2014, Akbar Sher Babar, one of the founding members of the PTI, displaced the ECP by accusing the PTI of being a foreign-funded party and demanding action against it in accordance with related constitutional provisions.

In March 2018, the ECP formed the review committee to review PTI funds and submit its report within a month, but the committee did not deliver its report within the allotted timeframe.

The three-member review committee is chaired by ECP Chief Executive Officer (Law) Muhammad Arshad as Chairman and includes Defense Services GM (Audit) Masood Akhtar Sherwani and Chief Financial Officer of Muhammad Faheem Air Force.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021

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