ECP reserves decision in PTI foreign funding case

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ECP reserves decision in PTI foreign funding case

The Election Commission of Pakistan on Wednesday reserved its decision on a foreign funding case against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

PTI lawyer Anwar Masood requested for discontinuation of the party’s foreign funding case in the Election Commission of Pakistan on the premise that a similar case is also underway in the Supreme Court — to which the ECP is a respondent.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retired) Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan, who is heading the five-member bench hearing the petition filed by former PTI member Akbar S. Babar, said the party should file a petition citing its request in the Supreme Court.

In 2014, Babar filed a petition seeking disqualification of PTI Chairman Imran Khan for allegedly obtaining funding from illegal sources and discrepancies in the party’s accounts.

He also claimed that funds worth $3 million were collected by PTI chief Imran Khan, transferred from illegal channels from the Middle East to bank accounts of PTI members.

The party has failed to submit details of its accounts and funds to the ECP since the past two years, however, it has submitted the records to the Supreme Court.

The ECP is hearing two separate cases related to PTI’s ‘foreign funding’ while the Supreme Court is hearing a petition filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Hanif Abbasi.

Abbasi has alleged that Imran should be disqualified from holding a public office for concealing his assets and receiving foreign funding.

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