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ECP rejects PPP plea in opposition to PM Imran Khan over issuance of growth funds

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  • ECP disposes PPP’s petition in opposition to PM Imran Khan relating to allocation of growth funds
  • PPP counsel Nayyar Hussain Bukhari had submitted a plea in opposition to the premier arguing the premier gave lawmakers assurances of giving growth funds earlier than Senate polls
  • Bukhari says premier violated Part 181 of the Election Act and “insulted” the ECP

ISLAMABAD: The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) has rejected the PPP petition in opposition to Prime Minister Imran Khan over the discharge of growth funds to members of the Nationwide Meeting.

ECP declared PPP’s petition non-maintainable on Tuesday.

PPP counsel Nayyar Hussain Bukhari had submitted a plea in opposition to the premier relating to corrupt practices within the Senate election.

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A 3-member ECP bench headed by Irshad Qaiser, a member from Khyber Paktunkhwa, heard the petition.

Bukhari argued that PM Khan met lawmakers after the announcement of the Senate election schedule. He mentioned the premier violated Part 181 of the Election Act, whereas Imran Khan additionally “insulted” the ECP.

He informed the ECP bench that NA lawmakers used to forged votes for electing senators and a corrupt follow was made by the issuance of growth funds to legislators.

Bukhari mentioned 4 PTI MNAs confessed to taking funds throughout a TV programme so the ECP ought to ship notices to those 4 MNAs and Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The code of conduct doesn’t point out the discharge of funds by the Prime Minister, the bench mentioned.

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Bukhari mentioned PM Khan had assured senators he would give them Rs500 million of growth funds.

An ECP member from Balochistan mentioned that the code of conduct mentions solely the President and governors, not the Prime Minister.

After listening to the arguments, the ECP bench reserved its verdict. Shortly afterwards, it rejected Bukhari’s petition.

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