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PTI challenges ECP verdict in prohibited funding case

PTI Additional Secretary-General Omar Ayub filed the petition where he asked the court to nullify the ECP ruling. He also requested the court revoke ECP's show-cause notice sent to PTI Chairperson Imran Khan.

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PTI has challenged the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) verdict in the party’s prohibited funding case in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday.

According to the details, PTI Additional Secretary-General Omar Ayub filed the petition where he asked the court to nullify the ECP ruling. He also requested the court revoke ECP’s show-cause notice sent to PTI Chairperson Imran Khan.

In his petition, he also asked the court to “declare that any action suggested by the ECP is beyond its authority and that no action can be taken on the basis of a fact-finding report”.

On August 2nd, ECP after eight years announced its verdict on the PTI prohibited funding case claiming that the party did indeed receive prohibited funding. As per ECP, PTI received funds from 34 unknown sources and hid 13 accounts from the electoral body. The ECP said that the party, in violation of the Constitution, had received funds from 34 foreigners.

Read more: ECP adds local supporter in PTI prohibited donor list

The commission also said that PTI chief Imran Khan had submitted a “misdeclaration” with the commission and issued a show-cause notice to PTI to explain why the commission should not seize the funds it received.

PTI charged against ECP

PTI, on the other hand, accused the ECP of making mistakes in its verdict on PTI’s prohibited funding case based on reports emerging that the commission added names of Pakistani nationals in the case. PTI also berated the ECP for treating the PTI with “sheer discrimination” through its verdict in the prohibited funding case.

Read more: PTI supporters make record donations to party after ECP verdict

Earlier, former federal minister Asad Umar had said that there is no threat to Imran Khan’s politics, adding that ECP exceeded its mandate by mentioning the false affidavit. The ECP is not a state institution now because it has become PDM’s associate.

“Bilawal himself said that Nawaz Sharif had taken money to overthrow the government. The economy of the country is standing only because of the remittance of money from overseas, the Election Commission has become a biased and political opponent,” he had added.

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