Pak EC to hear daily foreign funding case linked to Imran Khan’s party


The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said on Friday that it would hear the case of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) foreign funding every day, local media reported.

Pakistan’s High Court on Thursday asked the ECP to rule on the foreign funding case filed against former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) within a month, it said. Express Tribune reported.

Judge Kayani, who delivered the judgment, said that if PTI receives funding from prohibited sources, it will affect its status, including that of President Imran Khan, so it becomes important to find out the truth.

The foreign funding case has been ongoing since November 14, 2014 and it was filed by PTI founding member Akbar S Babar who alleged that there were financial irregularities in PTI funding from Pakistan and from abroad.

On January 4 this year, the PCE review panel issued its report on the PTI foreign funding case after 95 hearings. The ECP committee was formed in March 2018.

The report was based on eight volumes of documents collected through the State Bank of Pakistan and said PTI leaders had “committed violations of finance laws” by authorizing the collection of millions of dollars and billions of Pakistani rupees without any sources or details from foreigners, according to a report by Dawn.

Judge Kayani also denied a request to withhold access to case files to Babar from the PTI and a request to remove him from the proceedings.

This comes after the PTI filed the petition in the Islamabad High Court, challenging the ECP’s decision to reject the party’s aforementioned plea which was filed on January 25 and 31.

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