Akbar S. Babar Urges ECP to Warn Imran Khan for Violation of Funding Laws

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File photo of petitioner Akbar. S.Babar

The petitioner claims that documents provided by SBP reveal that PTI concealed billions of rupees and millions of dollars of illegal foreign funding

Petitioner Akbar S. Babar on Tuesday submitted a document to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) demanding that Pakistan’s President Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and outgoing Prime Minister Imran Khan be served formal notice for “gross violation of political law. funding laws.

Addressing a press conference after a hearing into the ongoing foreign funding case, he said documents seized through the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) revealed billions of rupees and millions of dollars in illegal PTI funding. Recalling that the case had been pending for seven years, he claimed that the documents showed that the president of the PTI had repeatedly submitted falsified statements before the ECP from 2009 to 2013, adding that this had been done to conceal billions rupees and millions of dollars of illegal financing. foreign companies and foreign citizens, including people from India.

He claimed the case was now approaching its “final stage” and the prime minister had already lost.

According to the report given by Babar to the ECP, the PTI received foreign or unsourced funding of more than 7 million dollars, including more than 2.1 million dollars from a single offshore company and illegal funding of 349 foreign companies and 88 people of foreign origin. He alleges that the ‘illegal money’ was received in cash or checks in the form of rupees. 852 million, of which Rs. 25.61 million collected in cash from the office of the PTI President. He also claims that £94,616 and €27,260 were received from prohibited/overseas sources.

The report claims that the PTI concealed its factual financial situation from the ECP by not disclosing dozens of bank accounts held in Pakistan and abroad. It claims that from 2018 to 2012, Imran Khan revealed only two PTI accounts before the ECP, bringing them to four in 2013. However, he notes, the State Bank of Pakistan file reveals that the PTI had seven bank accounts in 2008-09; nine in 2009; 15 in 2010; 14 in 2011; and 18 in 2012-13.

Regretting that the foreign funding case has been pending for so long, Babar added, “The history of the PTI delaying tactics is best summed up by the Election Commission of Pakistan in its order of October 10, 2019. The order states that this case is the worst historical example of abuse of the judicial process.

Progress of the case

The agenda for the hearing was to consider the report of the review panel and the responses submitted by the applicant and the respondent. However, the lawyer for PTI – its ninth in the past seven years – said two new claims filed by PTI would need to be discussed ahead of the report. The plaintiff’s attorney objected, saying the agenda had to be followed. However, the Chief Electoral Commissioner authorized the PTI’s lawyer to plead his new candidacies.

The hearing was then adjourned to March 15.

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