IHC dismisses PTI petition challenging ECP’s jurisdiction in party funding case

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IHC reserves verdict on maintainability of petition against CPEC funds use

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Monday dismissed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) petition to stop Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from investigating the foreign funding case filed by its disgruntled leader Akbar S Babar.
Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani gave the decision on the case. The decision announced today was reserved on Friday.
The PTI challenged the jurisdiction of the ECP by maintaining that it cannot disclose its bank account details to the institution as technically it has become a party against it.
A five-member bench of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will hear the foreign funding case against PTI on February 7. The bench is being headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) retired Justice Sardar Raza Mohammad Khan.
In 2014, Babar 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. He also claimed that funds worth $3 million were collected by the PTI chief, transferred from illegal channels from the Middle East to bank accounts of PTI members.

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