ISLAMABAD: Taking up a petition filed by former party member Akbar S. Babar, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday rejected Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s request of halting the proceedings in the foreign funding case, ARY News reported.
Giving a last resort to the party, the ECP granted time to PTI till September 7 to file a reply in the case.
During the court proceeding today, PTI counsel Anwar Mansoor pleaded for discontinuation of party funding case in the commission, contending that a similar case is underway in the Supreme Court of Pakistan in which the ECP is also a party.
He further said that all details with regard to party’s foreign funding were also provided to the apex court, hence the ECP should end the proceedings.
Hearing the arguments, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Raza Khan – who is also heading the five member bench – said that PTI should file a plea in the top court, if the party wanted the commission to end its proceedings in the case.
Reserving the judgment, he said the verdict is to be announced later today.
It merits to mention here that a petition was filed by a PTI former leader Akbar Babar earlier this year alleging that PTI Chief Imran Khan has committed contempt of court in his comments on the party funds, claiming that he had not apologized to the ECP over his comments instead his counsel did so in his personal capacity.
SUPREME COURT’S HEARING
Supreme Court of Pakistan is also hearing a similar petition filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s senior leader Hanif Abbasi. The petitioner seeks PTI chairman Imran Khan as well as Secratary General Jehangi Tareen’s disqualification on concealing their offshore companies in nomination papers and running the party affairs on foreign funding.
The PTI has submitted a reply comprising 700 pages, rejecting the allegations against the party chief.
In the reply, PTI has adopted a stance that its party leaders have collected funds from people with dual citizenship.