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  • PTI says duty lies with brokers if funds collected illegally in international funding case
  • The ECP had just lately expressed concern over the delay in scrutiny of the funding-related paperwork
  • A founding member of the PTI had filed a case in opposition to the Imran Khan-led social gathering in November 2014 claiming monetary irregularities within the dealing with of international funding to the tune of almost $3 million

ISLAMABAD: If any funds had been collected illegally, the duty lies with brokers, the PTI mentioned in its newest written response to the Election Fee of Pakistan’s scrutiny committee within the international funding case.

The ECP had just lately expressed concern over the delay in scrutiny of the funding-related paperwork and directed the committee to expedite its work and maintain conferences thrice in every week and end the duty as early as doable, which was underway since March 2018, The Information reported Thursday.

“Any contribution that has been collected by the agent which may be questionable would be beyond the scope of the work/responsibilities/instructions, given by the principal (respondent)…the principal admits only the receipts of funds and its detail, which have been transferred from the agent (PTI-USA LLC 5975/6160) and received by the principal…,” the PTI’s written response says.

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Sources mentioned that the petitioner’s lawyer Syed Ahmad Hassan Shah, assisted by Badar Iqbal Chaudhry, protested on the continued refusal of the committee to share the PTI monetary paperwork with the petitioner.

Shah contended by refusing to share the paperwork, the committee was in violation of ECP Order, issued on Might 30, 2018 that rejected the PTI plea of maintaining these paperwork and the scrutiny course of secret.

The lawyer emphasised that they had been taking part within the committee proceedings beneath protest as denying entry to PTI financial institution statements and different paperwork was a violation of regulation and due course of.

To this, the chairman of the committee acknowledged that the PTI financial institution statements and different paperwork weren’t being shared with the petitioner on the issues of the PTI.

Case background

Akbar S Babar, a founding member of the PTI, had filed a case in opposition to the Imran Khan-led social gathering in November 2014 claiming in his petition that there have been large monetary irregularities in dealing with of international funding to the tune of almost $3 million.

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Following the petition, the PTI challenged the ECP orders within the IHC in 2017.

In the identical yr, the IHC despatched again the case to the electoral physique to overview its jurisdiction as soon as once more. Within the case, the excessive court docket had additionally declared Babar as member of the ruling PTI.

Afterward Might 8, 2017, an ECP bench acknowledged that the physique had full jurisdiction over the case.

In March 2018, a scrutiny committee was shaped to look into PTI’s international funding accounts to find out if there was any wrongdoing.

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The PTI at a number of instances has sought secrecy within the scrutiny and had additionally approached the ECP, on this regard. Nonetheless, in October, 2019, the ECP turned down the social gathering’s request.

The PTI chief at a number of instances has accused the ECP for working for the pursuits of the opposition within the case.

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