PTI foreign funding case: ECP adjourns hearing until Feb 7

PTI foreign funding case: ECP adjourns hearing until Feb 7

Islamabad (Staff Report): A five-member bench of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Mohammad Khan on Tuesday heard a case pertaining to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) foreign funding.

The CEC in its December 12 hearing had summoned for the second time PTI finance secretary Azhar Tariq Khan, after the party had failed to submit its reply to Babar’s objections raised against PTI documents submitted in ECP and Supreme Court.

PTI finance secretary Azhar Tariq Khan during today's hearing rubbished Babar’s objections, and said that the petitioner is not even aware of the contents of the documents submitted to the ECP, which are not public.

The petitioner meanwhile requested the commission again to grant him permission to submit additional documents regarding the funding. The ECP denied the request, and said Akbar should have provided all documents as part of his first request.

Akbar S. Babar had filed a petition in the ECP seeking the disqualification of PTI Chairman Imran Khan for allegedly obtaining funding from illegal sources and discrepancies in the party’s accounts.