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Foreign-funding: PTI plea against registrar office objections put off

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday adjourned the pleas of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leaders against the registrar’s decision to return their petitions seeking declaration that the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) are foreign-aided parties for receiving funds from prohibited sources.

The registrar office of the Supreme Court had returned the petitions of PTI leaders – Asad Umar and Shireen Mazari – on the ground that they did not approach other forum to seek legal remedy and provide justification for not doing so.

Afterwards, the counsel for the PTI leaders filed appeals against the registrar office’s objections, requesting the court to fix their petitions for hearing before a bench.

Earlier, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had also rejected their petitions on the grounds that the petitions were filed under the Political Parties Order 2002, which stood repealed and no action could be initiated under the repealed law.

The petitions argue that the court should order scrutiny of the accounts of the PML-N and PPP for 2013 to 2015. There were inconsistencies in financial accounts of both the parties, it said, adding that their accounts needed to be scrutinized thus.



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