Following the verdict of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on PTI’s prohibited funding, interesting revelations on the case are emerging. Earlier, ECP announced that PTI did indeed receive prohibited funds.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja said that the party 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. The party received funds from the US, Australia, and UAE.
Read more: ECP rules PTI received prohibited funds
According to the key points of the ECP order, PTI has been found to be a beneficiary of donations by Ms. Romita Shetty, a US-based businesswoman of Indian origin. An amount of US$ 13, 750/-donated by Romita Shetty is hit by the prohibition on donations by foreign nationals and in violation of Pakistani Laws. Moreover, it received knowingly and willfully received donations through PTI USA LLC-6160 and PTI USA LLC-5975 US $ 2,525,500/-.
Mrs. Romita Shetty an Indian national sent funds to PTI from Singapore. pic.twitter.com/TIyp6koGrs
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) August 2, 2022
The ECP has also decided to issue a show-cause notice to the PTI to explain why the commission should not seize the funds it received. The commission also said that PTI chief Imran Khan had submitted a “misdeclaration” with the commission.
Is Romita Shetty an overseas Pakistani?
Needless to say, the report of PTI receiving funds from UK and US nationals is being considered as evidence of PTI’s money laundering, especially by its rivals. However, party leaders have clarified, the matter, asserting that the case was of “prohibited funding” and not of “foreign funding” as is being touted.
Following the verdict, PTI leaders have been active on Twitter, defending the party. On PTI receiving funding from foreign nationals, former Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that Romita Shetty’s husband is Pakistani. According to the details, Romita Shetty is the wife of Nasser Aziz Ahmad, a Pakistani-American businessman and the managing director of DA Capital, LLC.
Moreover, earlier, in a press conference after the ECP verdict, Fawad Chaudhry said overseas Pakistanis raised funds for the PTI and the ECP had acknowledged their narrative that it does not come under “foreign funding”. He said that the PTI was of the view from day one that the case was related to prohibited funding and not foreign funding.
Her Husband is Pakistani I am told and he was the one who gave 13 thousand Dollars, another Indian agent who is actually Mohd Asif of Mureed K who gave 500 USD… https://t.co/uZDLcsg81j
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) August 2, 2022
پی ٹی ائی اوورسیز پاکستانیوں سے قانونی طور پر فنڈ ریز کرتی ہے اور FARA سے رجسٹرڈ ہے۔اس سے بڑا اور کیا مذاق ہوگا کہ الیکشن کمیشن PTI کی اس فنڈنگ کو ممنوعہ کہہ رہا۔ اوورسیز پاکستانیوں کے خلاف PDM کا بغض اس فیصلے میں جھلک رہا ہے pic.twitter.com/Xxrzmktvd3
— Dr Arslan Khalid (@arslankhalid_m) August 2, 2022
بیرون ملک پاکستانی پوری قوم کا اثاثہ ہیں۔ پی ٹی آئی کے پاس کرپشن کے پیسے نہیں بلکہ شفاف طریقے سے بیرون ملک پاکستانیوں سے فنڈ ریزنگ کی۔ فیصلہ پڑھ کہ لگتا ہے الیکشن کمیشن کو اپنے افسران کہ لئے ایک لیگل ٹریننک سیل بنانا چاہیے۔
— Hammad Azhar (@Hammad_Azhar) August 2, 2022