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Foreign funding case: ECP grids PTI on ‘strange’ donor names – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday questioned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on the “strange” names of donors during the hearing of the foreign funding case against the party.

At the ECP hearing on the banned foreign funding of PTI case, chaired by the Election Commissioner of Pakistan, members of the committee questioned PTI financial expert Najam Shah on the reappearance of names strangers who donated money to party accounts.

However, Shah replied that Pakistanis when settled abroad usually change their names, adding that many Pakistanis whose real names are something else at home while abroad are known under other names.

On this, the commission questioned the representative of the PTI on the reason why the numbers of national identity card are not mentioned next to the names of the donors whereas the ECP had made obligatory the mention of the numbers CNIC and the numbers donor phone numbers.

To another question from the committee on whether any foreign national can also deposit donations directly into a political party’s bank account, the PTI representative stated that the PTI does not have a foreign bank account and that in in foreign countries, donations were deposited in party accounts through agents. .

The commission, however, adjourned the hearing for Tuesday next week.

Speaking to reporters outside the ECP later, PTI Central Information Secretary Farrukh Habib demanded that the security committee’s report regarding foreign funding of the Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) be submitted to the PCE without further delay. delay.

He said they had been waiting for the submission of the report for a month, but both sides resorted to delaying tactics, which is against the law.

He said the case of the foreign funding of the PTI was heard daily, but the PPP and the PML-N had adopted various strategies to hide their party’s accounts, demanding that the ECP put the report of the committee at the forefront. review of both parties and initiated the hearing of their case on a daily basis.

Habib said there were clear orders from the court that the cases of all parties should be heard without discrimination and fairly.

Talking about the problems the country is currently facing, he said that everything is going pretty well and the economy is doing well as all the economic indicators are talking about it which was even admitted by the new Governor of State Bank of Pakistan .

He said the PTI government under the visionary leadership of Imran Khan has launched various public welfare initiatives to provide maximum relief to the grassroots.

However, he said an outside plot was hatched and overthrew the elected government to impose the government of ‘Shehbaz Speed’, which made the lives of commoners ‘hell’ during his 60-day rule thanks to inflation exhausting and prolonged load shedding. .

Habib said there was no load shedding and prices were under control, but now, after the imposition of the “imported” government, there have been unprecedented blackouts and runaway prices.

He said Shehbaz had made five visits abroad but to no avail but was more interested in removing his name from the ECL.

He said the “imported government” had changed the FIA’s investigative prosecutors and amended the NAB law as part of a well-planned strategy to root out corruption cases against Shehbaz and his family.

“Shehbaz Sharif is leading the country towards bankruptcy and a serious crisis; therefore, transparent polls should be organized as soon as possible to get the country out of the current crisis,” he demanded.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022