PTI moves IHC against ECP's prohibited funding case ruling

PTI moves IHC against ECP's prohibited funding case ruling

Islamabad (Web Desk): The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) challenged the Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP) ruling in the prohibited funding case in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday.

According to details, PTI's Additional Secretary-General Omar Ayub filed the petition in the court.

In his petition, the PTI leader requested the court to not only nullify the August 2 ruling, but also revoke the ECP's show-cause notice sent to PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

The application was filed through former Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan, lawyer Shah Khawar and Faisal Fareed.

The PTI also made the ECP a party in the case.

On August 2, the ECP ruled that the PTI  received prohibited funding.

A three-member ECP bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sikander (CEC) Sultan Raja, 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 sovereignty or integrity of Pakistan, the Federal Government shall, within fifteen 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.”