Prohibited funding case: IHC accepts PTI’s petition, sends pre-admission notice to ECP

Prohibited funding case: IHC accepts PTI’s petition, sends pre-admission notice to ECP

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) petition against the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) fact-finding report in the matter involving prohibited funding case was accepted by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday. The IHC also sent a pre-admission notice to the ECP.

The notice urged the ECP to decided on the admissibility of the petition submitted by PTI against the prohibited funding case.

A five-member bench of IHC further adjourned the hearing till August 24 and the ECP is due to present its arguments on that date.

On August 16, IHC Acting Chief Justice Aamer Farooq formed a larger bench to hear PTI’s petition against ECP’s ruling and adjourned the hearing until Thursday.

While representing PTI at the hearing on Tuesday, Barrister Anwar Mansoor and Faisal Chaudhry informed the IHC that challenged fact-finding report of the ECP since it was not necessary to disclose the accounts of the party for a number of reasons.

“The money went to accounts of provincial governments hence there was no need for a money trail,” he said. Mansoor held the view that show-cause notice should not be issued to PTI.

On August 2, a three-member bench of ECP announced that PTI received prohibited funding and kept 13 bank accounts hidden.

“Data obtained from the SBP reveals that all the 13 accounts disowned by PTI were opened and operated by the senior PTI management and leadership at the Central and Provincial levels.

On August 11, PTI Additional Secretary General Omar Ayub, moved the petition through advocates, Anwar Mansoor Khan, Shah Khawar and Faisal Fareed, urging the court to declare ECP’s decision dated August 2 illegal.

He stated that the ECP is a constitutional administrative body created for carrying out fair and free elections and for purposes as required under the constitution and the statutes.

The PTI contended that the ECP has passed the impugned fact-finding report based on incorrect facts, flawed application of law, beyond its jurisdiction and in an unreasonable, irrational, bias manner.

 

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