ECP reserves verdict in PTI foreign funding case

A file photo of the ECP headquarters in Islamabad.

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday reserved the verdict in the PTI banned foreign funding case to be announced later, Geo News reported.

At the start of today’s hearing, the petitioner’s financial expert Akbar S. Babar informed the panel that auditing principles and standards had been ignored in the funding of PTI.

“Donors are not the third party,” argued the expert, adding that the audit was conducted by companies owned by PTI management.

“For the first time, a political party is providing details of its funding to the commission,” Babar said, adding that all political parties should be accountable to the ECP.

Thanking both sides of the political parties, the Chief Election Commissioner said that the case of the foreign funding of the PTI has come to a conclusion. He maintained that they also wanted to take the affairs of other political parties to their logical end.

He said they wanted to restore voter confidence and democratically strengthen the country. Meanwhile, the CEC reserved the verdict and adjourned the hearing.

“The judgment of the ECP will bring the revolution”

Speaking to reporters outside the ECP, Akbar S. Babar, petitioner in the foreign funding case, said he was satisfied to reserve judgment in the case by the bench.

Babar maintained that he moved the ECP for his personal gain, adding that he wanted to set an example for political parties.

He said PTI had received significant funding from overseas, including 20,000 Australian dollars and 27,000 euros.

He hopes that the judgment of the ECP will bring a revolution in Pakistani politics. The shutdown will help restore voter confidence and bring about positive change in politics.

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