Babar said that the PTI still had not disclosed details of its six foreign bank accounts. “For the past three years, the [ECP’s] scrutiny committee has been unable to hold the party’s audit,” he said.
SupremeCourt of Pakistan has fixed @ImranKhanPTI petition against committee constituted by Election Commission in ForeignFunding Case for hearing.
Pakistan, EC issues notice to Imran Khan’s party in foreign funding case.The notices follow a complaint by Akbar Babar, a dissident founding member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf against the scrutiny committee’s decision to keep the party’s documents secret.
Pakistan’s election commission has sent notices to Prime Minister Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party and its own scrutiny committee to appear before it on March 22 to explain their stance over keeping secret the party’s foreign funding documents, according to a media report on Wednesday.
The decision was taken by a three-member bench headed by ECP member from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa retired Justice Irshad Qaiser after hearing the complaint of the petitioner in the foreign funding case, Akbar S. Babar, on Tuesday against the scrutiny committee’s decision to keep PTI documents secret.
On Tuesday, the petitioner’s lawyer, Syed Ahmad Hassan Shah, made arguments challenging the decision of the committee to keep PTI accounts secret. He invoked the right to information act to seek access to the documents. He said access to PTI documents is a right of the petitioner “in light of Article 5(4) of the Political Parties Order, 2002 (the “PPO”) as well as Section 203(5) of the Election Act, 2017”. He said by keeping documents secret, the committee is violating its terms of reference that demand scrutiny in the presence of both parties. He said without access to all PTI accounts, the scrutiny process would remain a sham and a mere attempt to rubberstamp fake documents.
Talking to reporters later, PTI founding member Akbar S. Babar stated that Prime Minister Imran Khan fears that if the details of the concealed bank accounts come to light, it could reveal billions of rupees of illegal funding into the concealed PTI accounts. This could open a Pandora’s box leading to charges of money laundering, corruption, and concealment of accounts against PM Khan and others as they operated these accounts.
Similarly, PM Khan fears that the ECP could seek SBP’s assistance in requisitioning the private bank accounts of four PTI employees authorised by the six-member PTI finance board in July 2011 to collect donations from Pakistan and abroad.