IHC issues pre-admission notice to ECP in prohibited funding case

IHC issues pre-admission notice to ECP in prohibited funding case

Islamabad (Web Desk): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday issued a pre-admission notice to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to decide on the admissibility of a petition filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) against the electoral body's ruling in the prohibited funding case.

Earlier today, the court reserved the verdict on the PTI's petition challenging the unanimous verdict announced by the ECP.

A three-member larger bench comprising IHC Acting Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Babar Sattar took up the application earlier today.

During the hearing, the court summoned the ECP for arguments in the case on August 24.

The IHC said that the decision on the admissibility of PTI’s plea would be taken after arguments were presented from both sides.

On August 10, the PTI moved the IHC against the ruling of the ECP seeking annulment of the order in the prohibited funding case.

The petition was filed by PTI Additional Secretary-General Omar Ayub who had 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.