PTI moves IHC against ECP ruling in prohibited funding case

News Desk
Thursday, Aug 11, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking the annulment of Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) recent ruling in the eight-year-old prohibited funding case.

The electoral body declared in its ruling on August 2 that the Imran Khan-led PTI accepted millions of dollars in illegal funding from foreign individuals and groups.

In the petition, PTI Additional Secretary-General Omar Ayub has pleaded the high court to not only nullify the ECP’s ruling of August 2, but also revoke the electoral body’s show-cause notice sent to PTI Chairperson Imran Khan.

The petitioner said he was “grossly aggrieved” by the fact-finding report — which revealed that the PTI had obtained funds from foreign sources — and demanded that it be declared “perverse, incorrect and in excess of authority and jurisdiction”.

He has also asked the court to “declare that any action suggested by the ECP is beyond its authority and that no action can be taken on the basis of a fact-finding report”. The PTI has also made the ECP a party in the case.

In a unanimous ruling, a three-member ECP bench had declared it found that the PTI received prohibited funding. The case was earlier referred to as the “foreign funding” case, but later the electoral body accepted PTI’s plea to refer to it as the “prohibited funding” case.

As per the 68-page order, the ECP states the PTI did indeed receive funding from foreign companies and individuals. The ECP verdict states the PTI received funds from 34 individuals and 351 businesses, including companies.

Thirteen unknown accounts have also come to light, said the ECP in the verdict, adding that hiding accounts was a “violation” of Article 17 of the Constitution.

The ECP has summoned Imran Khan in the prohibited funding case on August 23, as the electoral body issued notices to the PTI chairman in the prohibited funding and ineligibility cases last week.