ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday challenged the verdict of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in the prohibited funding case at the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
Omar Ayub Khan, the party’s additional general secretary, challenged the verdict, pleading with the court to overturn the verdict.
ECP was implicated in the case.
Former planning minister Asad Umar had said there was no threat to Khan’s policy. The Election Commission of Pakistan violated the Supreme Court’s verdict because the commission cited PTI leader Imran Khan’s fake affidavit.
“The Political Parties Act 2002 mentions a certificate and not an affidavit,” he said.
“Bilawal himself said that Nawaz Sharif took money to overthrow the government. The economy of the country is only standing thanks to remittances from abroad, the Electoral Commission has become a biased and political opponent,” he added.
On August 2, the ECP, in its unanimous verdict, ruled that the party had received funds from 351 companies, including business tycoon Arif Naqvi, and 34 foreign nationals. Donations were sent from America, Australia, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.
The ECP observed “unknown accounts” and said concealing accounts is a “violation of the Constitution.”
The ECP bench in its reserved verdict said the prohibited funding against PTI had been proven.
A three-member bench led by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja, including Nisar Ahmed Durrani and Shah Muhammad Jatoi announced the reserved verdict.
Moreover, he found that PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan had submitted a fake nomination form.
The PCT has decided to issue a show cause notice to the PTI to explain why the commission should not seize the funds it has received.
Notably, Akbar S Babar, the man who blew the lid on the scam involving the influx of dubious funds into the PTI has formally approached the FIA to launch an investigation against the party.
Babar told the FIA that the PTI financial council in 2011 illegally allowed four employees of the party’s central secretariat to collect donations from their personal accounts in Pakistan and abroad.
Following this, the Federal Investigation Agency of Pakistan assembled a six-member team to investigate the case.
The FIA has summoned 10 PTI leaders including former National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, former Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Mian Mahmood-ur-Rashid, former MPA Seema Zia and others to meet to questions during the survey.
The polling firm also identified four employees of the PTI secretariat, whose personal and salary accounts were used to receive foreign funding. The agency said funds had been received in the bank accounts of Muhammad Arshad, Tahir Iqbal, Muhammad Rafique and Nauman Afzal. In the statements, PTI employees said they used to give the money received in their accounts to PTI’s chief financial officer, according to an article in a local Pakistani newspaper.
They said they would give signed blank checks to the finance manager. According to a report, the FIA learned during the investigation that in addition to other accounts, foreign funds were also received in employee salary accounts.
Qaiser is scheduled to record his statement on August 11 at 2 p.m., while Imran Ismail and Seema Zia have been asked to appear before the agency on August 12 and 15 respectively.