ECP directs Imran Khan to appear in prohibited funding case on Aug 23

ECP directs Imran Khan to appear in prohibited funding case on Aug 23

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday issued show-cause notice to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, directing the former premier to appear before the electoral watchdog on August 23 in prohibited funding case.

The commission has scheduled a hearing on the show-cause notice under Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja’s chair on August 23.

On Tuesday, the ECP ruled that the PTI received prohibited funding.

A three-member ECP bench headed by CEC, in a unanimous verdict which was reserved on June 21, announced that the PTI received prohibited funding and issued a show-cause notice to the party.

The commission found that 34 foreign donations were taken in fundraising. The donations were taken from America, Australia, Canada and the UAE, the ECP said added, the PTI took funds from an American businessman.

The commission also said that PTI chief Imran Khan had submitted a “misdeclaration” with the commission. The PTI chairman kept accounts hidden which is a violation of the Constitution, it said.

The prohibited funding case — previously referred to as the foreign funding case — was filed by PTI founding member Akbar S. Babar and has been pending since November 14, 2014.

According to Article 17 (2) of the Constitution, “Law shall provide that where the Federal Government declares that any political party has been formed or is operating in a manner prejudicial to the soverignty or integrity of Pakistan, the Federal Government shall, within fifeen days of such declaration, refer the matter to the Supreme Court whose decision on such reference shall be final.”

Article 17 (3) states: “Every political party shall account for the source of its funds in accordance with law.”