ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan has declined to hold open hearings for PTI’s foreign funding case.
“A public hearing will also make it difficult for the committee to work,” the spokesperson said.
The argument given by the ECP is that the scrunity committee which is investigating dubious payments to PTI’s accounts, particularly in the US are similar to a joint investigation team and can only pass recommendations to the ECP.
The spokesperson further said that: “Unnecessary and unsubstantiated comments on the case should be avoided.”
“The ECP will hear the arguments of both sides and decide the case on merit,” the spokesperson said.
The statement by the ECP comes in the aftermath of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to South Waziristan, where he stated that the proceedings of the foreign funding case should be aired live on Television.
“I can put it to a challenge that PTI is the only political party that has been involved in political fundraising,” PM Imran Khan said.
The petitioner of the foreign funding case is Akbar S Babar, a founding member of the PTI who fell out with Imran Khan in 2011.