IHC fixes prohibited funding case before larger bench

IHC fixes prohibited funding case before larger bench

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has fixed the prohibited funding case before a larger bench.

During today’s hearing, acting IHC chief justice Aamer Farooq remarked that the larger bench will hear the case from August 18.

Barristers Anwar Mansoor and Faisal Chaudhary appeared on behalf of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Earlier, the PTI Additional Secretary-General Omar Ayub filed a petition before the IHC, challenging the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) ruling in the prohibited funding case.

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 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 and added that 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.