Pakistan

PTI Foreign funding case: Imran Khan challenges ECP’s authority in the Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD:  On Saturday 25 January 2020, Imran the chairman of the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf approaches Supreme Court to file a petition against the verdict given by Islamabad High Court which stated to declare Akbar S. Babar a part of PTI. Also to revert the party’s foreign funding case back to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Mr. Akbar S Babar filed a case in which he demanded a scrutiny of the sources from which Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is getting its foreign funds. The case has been pending since 2014 and was presently to the Election Commission of Pakistan in the recent past. But PTI later filed a petition in Islamabad High Court to question jurisdiction done by the ECP is this case.

The IHC ordered ECP to start a new jurisdiction is this matter in 2017, February when Akbar S Babar was declared a part of PTI by the court.

In the same year on May, once again the ECP presented its complete jurisdiction by stating that PTI has not provided any proper evidence in the matter that the petitioner should no longer be a member of the party and because of that they lose the right to question the party’s account details.

A scrutiny committee then formed in March 2018, whose object was to find if there was any wrongdoing in PTI’s foreign funding accounts.

In the scrutiny of PTI’s foreign funding, it sought secrecy till then and for that their request was turned down in October 2019 by the ECP.

PTI chief Imran Khan has filed a petition in the Supreme Court, in which he raised questions about many perspectives of this case, including the declaration by IHC which states Akbar S Babar should be PTI’s member. The petition also claimed that they have an email in which Akbar has presented his resignation, also saying that a high court has no authority to use the Article 199 to rule on conflicting facts.

The chairman PTI has now asked the Supreme Court to declare that the Election Commission does not have the ability to investigate this case based on the flawed arguments.

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