The PTI challenged on Wednesday the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) ruling in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), in search of annulment of the order in the prohibited funding case.
In his petition filed with the IHC, PTI Additional Secretary-General Omar Ayub requested the court to no longer only nullify the August two ruling, but additionally revoke the ECP’s show-cause notice despatched to PTI Chairperson Imran Khan.
The petitioner stated he used to be “grossly aggrieved” by the fact-finding report — which published that the PTI had got funds from foreign sources and demanded that it be declared “perverse, flawed and in extra of authority and jurisdiction”.
In his petition, he additionally requested the court to “declare that any action suggested by the ECP is past its authority and that no action can be taken on the groundwork of a fact-finding report”.
The PTI additionally made the ECP a party in the case.
In a unanimous ruling, the election commission’s three-member bench had stated earlier this month it found that the PTI received prohibited funding.
The case was earlier referred to as the “foreign funding” case, however later the election commission accepted the PTI’s plea to refer to it as the “prohibited funding” case.
As per the 68-page order, the commission states that the Imran Khan-led PTI did certainly obtain funding from foreign companies and individuals, which it hid.
The ECP verdict states that the PTI acquired funds from 34 individuals and 351 businesses, including companies.
Thirteen unknown accounts have additionally come to light, stated the commission in the verdict, including that hiding accounts are a “violation” of Article 17 of the Constitution.
Moreover, the ECP found that the PTI chairperson submitted a false Nomination Form I and that the affidavit provided regarding party accounts was false.
For now, the ECP has issued a show-cause notice to the party to give an explanation for why the
prohibited funds should not be confiscated.