ECP reserves judgment in PTI foreign funding case


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ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday reserved its judgement in Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) foreign funding case.

A five-member Commission, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza said that now the ECP will give its verdict in party foreign funding case.

The Chief Election Commissioner said that for the last four years, the time was being wasted.

He said that the Commission had ordered the PTI in the last hearing to submit details of party foreign funding in next hearing while giving last chance.

Justice Sardar Raza said that PTI had given assurance to submit details of foreign funding in today’s hearing. He said that what impression they were trying to create.

PTI counsel Saqlain Haider said that the details of foreign funding will be submitted to the Commission in two weeks.

Later, talking to media outside the ECP, petitioner of the reference and former PTI founding member Akbar S. Babar said that interestingly PTI has asked to avoid sharing details of foreign funding documents with him as they were fully aware of my full knowledge about the actual documents.

He alleged that PTI didn’t submit actual details of foreign funding and the papers submitted with the court were fake, incomplete and bogus.

He said that the PTI’s responsibles abroad to collect funds for the party like Zulfiqar Khan transferred funds to Imran Khan through illegal way of ‘hundi’ to Pakistan.

He alleged the PTI didn’t submit details of party account in Royal Bank London and transfer of funds to party leaders to Pakistan were through illegal means.

He made an appeal for allowing him to appear before the Supreme Court to inform actual facts.

He expressed the hope that the Commission will take strict action on PTI’s response of not submitting the foreign funding details.

He alleged that specific accounts details were not included in PTI audit report or in PTI’s reply submitted with the court.

He also expressed the hope that the reference will come to its logical end within few weeks or months and there will be a historical decision.—APP