ECP agrees to hold open hearing for PTI’s foreign funding case

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan has agreed to hold an open hearing of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf (PTI) foreign funding case after the scrutiny committee submitted its recommendations.

However, the ECP clarified that the work of the scrutiny committee would not be public.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan had called for an open hearing of the case to quell all doubt regarding the case which had led to Khan’s critics accusing him of taking money from Israel and India.

PML-N had claimed that Imran Khan was hiding behind a stay order in order to avoid proceedings on the foreign funding case.

PML-N leader, Saad Rafique claimed that PM Imran Khan, had been “tricking the institutions through lawyers for years”, and was now hell bent on making fake cases against PML-N and PPP.

Akbar S Babar, a founding member of the PTI, is the petitioner in the foreign funding case. Babar claimed that there were massive financial irregularities in the handling of foreign funding to the tune of nearly $3 million.

Following the petition, the PTI challenged the ECP orders in the IHC in 2017.

The Pakistan People’s Party has also criticised PTI for allegedly taking funds abroad. A Tweet from the PPP’s official account stated: “The foreign funding case against PTI is the most significant national security scandal in Pakistan’s history, and every Pakistani is asking who funded PTI?”

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