Saturday, January 28, 2023

PTI demanding that funds of 17 political parties be investigated

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) filed a petition with the Islamabad High Court on Saturday, requesting that the funds of at least 17 major political parties, including the PML-N and the PPP, be scrutinized.

After the Election Commission of Pakistan decided to hold daily hearings on the foreign funding matter in accordance with an IHC order, the PTI Additional Secretary-General Amir Mahmood Kiyani filed a plea through Anwar Mansoor Khan. The IHC had directed the ECP to complete the case within 30 days of receiving its order.

The petition asked the court to order the ECP to approach the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) for information regarding the funding of the 17 political parties named as respondents in the petition before proceeding with daily hearings against their party.

According to the appeal, the PTI was the only party subjected to daily hearings, which served as a sort of accountability. Specifically, it asked the court to put an end to this “discrimination” by holding other political parties responsible as well.

According to the petition, the ECP had been asked numerous times to check the source of funds for the PML-N and the PPP, but the commission reportedly ignored these requests each and every time. Although the ECP denied these charges in a statement released last week, it stated that there had been no delays in the investigation of other parties.

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PTI has also filed a lawsuit against the court ruling imposing the 30-day limit.

The foreign funding lawsuit has been pending since November 14, 2014, and it was brought by Akbar S. Babar, who claimed that there were financial irregularities in the PTI’s funding from both Pakistan and overseas at the time of filing.

After 95 hearings, the ECP’s scrutiny committee on the PTI’s foreign funding matter issued its findings on January 4, 2022. The committee was established in March 2018 and had 95 sessions.

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