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The petitioner within the PTI overseas funding case and one of many ruling occasion’s founding members, Akbar S Babar, speaks to the media, in Lahore, Pakistan, January 20, 2021. — Geo Information/through Geo.television
  • Akbar S Babar alleges PTI submitted pretend paperwork to the ECP
  • Says “details of one of the 23 bank accounts were not revealed”
  • PTI’s authorized counsel Shah Khawar says the scrutiny course of is full and the committee has given its suggestions to the ECP

LAHORE: The petitioner within the PTI overseas funding case and one of many ruling occasion’s founding members, Akbar S. Babar, stated Wednesday he has no confidence within the Election Fee of Pakistan’s (ECP) scrutiny committee.

Chatting with the media in Lahore, Babar alleged the PTI had submitted pretend paperwork to the ECP, and requested why particulars of the 23 financial institution accounts related to the ruling occasion weren’t being made public. “The details of one of the 23 bank accounts were not revealed,” he added.

“The scrutiny is not transparent. The scrutiny committee has failed; it was not working properly,” he stated.

Babar additional forged aspersions on the committee, saying “there are seven days in a week yet they held 14 hearings, so how is that possible?”

“Why are the facts being hidden? Why is the illegal funding of PTI being kept secret? People want to know the truth. The ruling party has received large-scale funding from illegal sources.”

Babar additional reminded people who the premier had ordered an audit of the sugar firms of Pakistan. “Did Prime Minister Imran Khan not conduct an audit against the sugar companies?

“I’ve instructed the ECP that the [scrutiny] committee isn’t conducting a clear investigation,” the ruling party’s former founding member added.

“I submitted in writing again in March 2020 that the scrutiny committee was not working transparently. [However] we had been being compelled to simply accept the pretend paperwork from the PTI.

Committee ‘beneath stress’ from PTI

Babar added that the demand from day one was for the ECP to overview the information and the scrutiny committee to submit a ultimate report. “It’s not lack of confidence but more about the fears” pertaining to the case and its investigation.

Nonetheless, upon expressing concern, the ECP’s scrutiny committee refused to take additional motion and progress with the proceedings, he claimed.

“The scrutiny committee’s task was to examine the PTI’s documents, the  petitioner said, alleging that it had admitted to “being beneath stress” from the ruling party.

“How can a scrutiny committee conduct a clear investigation beneath stress,” Babar asked. “The ECP ought to examine the overseas funding case each day and announce its choice. I’ve labored with the scrutiny committee for 3 years however their walk-out is unlucky.”

The ruling party’s former founding member expressed gratitude to the Opposition’s anti-government coalition, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) for “highlighting the most important problem of overseas funding”.

PTI responds

On the other hand, the PTI’s legal counsel, Shah Khawar, said the scrutiny process has been completed and the committee has given its recommendations to the ECP.

“The ECP instructed the scrutiny committee that some points had been left within the report,” Khawar acknowledged, including that he didn’t know what these different points had been.

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