PTI foreign funding case, hearing adjourned till April 19

The hearing of the foreign funding case was held in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in which the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawyer gave his arguments after which the hearing was adjourned till April 19, 2022.

According to the details, a foreign funding case was heard in the ECP by a three-member bench headed by the Chief Election Commissioner. PTI lawyer Anwar Mansoor gave his arguments on the occasion after which the hearing was adjourned till April 19, 2022.

Giving arguments in the ECP, Anwar Mansoor said that in the current situation, the party offices are inactive. Some of the required records could not be made available due to the closure, so I will not go into more detail today.

Moreover, he said that according to the law, funding from foreign government, multinational and local companies is prohibited. A company registered outside Pakistan cannot be called a local company. Funding from any foreign source is prohibited in the Election Act. However, the ban on funding from local companies has been lifted in the Act.

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In this regard, Nisar Durrani, a member of the bench, asked, “Are you admitting that there is foreign funding?”

The PTI lawyer said the money came from outside but the allegation of illicit funding was false. If the donors are foreigners then Akbar Babar should prove his allegation with evidence.

Advocate Anwar Mansoor, while giving arguments, further said that he did not take any funding from any Indian citizen. If a Hindu gets dual citizenship, does he become a foreigner? People with dual citizenship are also called Pakistani citizens.

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He said that funding from any outside company would not be prohibited. Money from the United States was declared foreign funding. Registration is required to raise funds in the United States. All the money that came from abroad was revealed.

Lawyer PTI said that the scrutiny committee misinterpreted Section 6 of the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) Law. PPO does not prohibit receiving funding from any foreign source. The law under which the scrutiny committee made the report does not exist. The report was prepared by showing the relevant provision of the Election Act as PPO law.

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