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Foreign funding case: IHC rejects PTI plea challenging verdict of ECP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) petitioned the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday to overturn Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision in a case involving unlawful funding.

Regarding the party’s suit challenging Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision from last month, the court has reserved its decision.

A larger bench of the IHC, which included Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, Justice Miangul Hassan, and Justice Babar Sattar, reserved a decision on the PTI’s case.

PTI had filed a complaint against ECP decision before the IHC on August 10 of last year, asking for the verdict on the issue of prohibited funding to be vacated.

PTI Additional Secretary-General Omar Ayub asked the court in his petition to the IHC to annul the ECP’s show-cause notice handed to PTI Chairman Imran Khan and to invalidate the ECP judgment from August 2.

ECP ruling
In its reserved ruling, ECP panel stated that PTI had been the victim of unlawful funding. In a unanimous decision, ECP determined that the party had accepted contributions from 34 foreign nationals as well as business magnate Arif Naqvi.

Imran Khan, the former prime minister, mis declared his financial information in PTI case involving unlawful funds, according to the ECP’s ruling.

Additionally, the funds were illegal under Article 6 of the Political Parties Act.

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