Pak Election Commission : Resume PTI’s foreign funding case

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Islamabad, Dec 31 : The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will resume hearing a foreign funding case against the incumbent Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI), media reported on Friday.

The party’s founding member Akbar S. Babar had filed the petition against PTI.

The poll panel has sent notices to Mohammad Arshad, PTI’s GM (Finance), Shah Khawar, the party’s counsel and Babar and his advocate Ahmad Hassan Shah.

The scrutiny committee, formed by ECP in March 2019 to audit foreign funds of PTI, submitted its report to the commission on November 26.

In his petition, Babar accused PTI of financial irregularities in party’s accounts, illegal sources of funding, concealment of bank accounts in Pakistan and abroad, money laundering and use of private bank accounts of party employees as a front to receive illegal donations from the Middle East, Dawn reported.

“The committee will face difficulties in proceeding with the case if it happens,” the ECP said.

The PTI foreign funding case started in November 2014 when it was filed by Babar.

The statement came a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan proposed public hearing in the foreign funding case and said it should be aired live, Dawn report said.

“Foreign funding case proceedings should be aired live on TV so that everything is known to the general public,” the prime minister said while addressing a public gathering in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


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