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The petitioner  requested the ECP to make PTI accountable for millions of dollars raised personally by Imran Khan.—AFP/File
The petitioner requested the ECP to make PTI accountable for millions of dollars raised personally by Imran Khan.—AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan asked the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf on Wednesday to submit details of funds received from abroad.

A full ECP bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner retired Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza had taken up a petition filed by Akbar S. Babar, a founding member and former information secretary of the PTI.

Take a look: PTI member seeks probe into misuse of party funds

The petitioner has accused the party of committing financial corruption and violating laws relating to collection of donations and managing them.

The bench directed the ECP officials to scrutinise afresh PTI’s annual statement of assets to ascertain whether or not the party had mentioned funds received from the US.

The PTI claimed that details of all funds received had been recorded in the annual audit reports submitted to the ECP.

But the bench observed that during the scrutiny of audit reports the PTI counsel had failed to show details of foreign funds.

Also read: ECP to hear complaint about PTI funds

The counsel contended that since the ECP had accepted the audit reports it could not question their authenticity.

The chief election commissioner said that since the evidence showing that the PTI had received foreign funds from forbidden sources had been produced, the ECP had the right to scrutinise the audit reports submitted by the party.

Justice Raza advised the PTI counsel to be careful in his arguments because the matter was extremely sensitive.

Justice retired Fazlur Rehman, member of the commission from Balochistan, read out relevant clauses which bound political parties to submit details of foreign funding.

The CEC asked the PTI to submit details about source and amount of foreign funding in view of seriousness of allegations.

The petitioner’s lawyer contended that the PTI did not acknowledge receipt of foreign funds and operated a dollar account which was forbidden under the law and the money received could fall in the category of money-laundering.

He requested the ECP to make PTI accountable for millions of dollars raised personally by Imran Khan during numerous fund-raising events in the US, Canada and Europe.

The petitioner said the PTI had been changing its stance. During the previous hearing it had questioned the authenticity of evidence about over $2 million donations received from the US allegedly from ‘illegal and prohibited’ sources, he said.

The ECP adjourned the hearing to May 6.

Published in Dawn, April 2nd, 2015

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Comments (49) Closed



yatagan Apr 02, 2015 07:32am

Khan sahab, you talks a lot...

Sana Apr 02, 2015 07:36am

It's going to be hard to trace money back to Tel Aviv.

Ahmad Apr 02, 2015 07:40am

As a member of PTI I have no issues with this, it's the right of petitioner to ask and PTI should provide details of funding sources.

Ajilala01@gmail.com Apr 02, 2015 07:49am

Not more than a stunt.

sal Apr 02, 2015 07:50am

How come ECP do not ask the foreign funds from all political parties? I do not care for PTI but I noticed who every question authorities, they want to squash them. In Pakistan, we need overall in Judaical system and ECP.

True Pakistani Apr 02, 2015 07:54am

100 din sunhaar ke, 1 din lohar kaa!!

malick Apr 02, 2015 07:57am

ECP should explain about illegal and prohibited resources. The money came in Pakistan. Money did not go out of Pakistan, how money laundering?

James Apr 02, 2015 08:15am

The nation knows the 3 main parties in the country collect party funds on the basis of corruption and batha. However the talk is about PTI only by the commission. No wonder no institution has the respect it should have. in the UK names of the persons who give to the party are disclosed - however when funds are delivered in suitcases full of cash to the the homes of party chiefs - the nation knows the great record keeping standards in our country.

Canada Apr 02, 2015 08:27am

I hope some commission also investigates how domestic funds are leaving PK for NS and AZ foreign bank accounts for over a decade!

Riaz Apr 02, 2015 08:43am

We only blame others.

Iman Apr 02, 2015 08:51am

How dare anyone question PTI's financial integrity?

Asad Sultan Apr 02, 2015 08:56am

come on we all know they were ptis fund and nothing can ever be wrong with pti its the party made in heavens nothing can ever be wrong with it whether it supports ttp or his leader is the master of u turns its workers have no respect for opposition and the ladies but just remember nothing can ever be wrong with pti!!

Zak Apr 02, 2015 09:06am

PTI financials are audited by a reputable international firm. What ever they do, they will never succeed on pinning corruption charges on IK. He is the most clean and keeps it that way. IK for PM next.

Patriotic Indian Apr 02, 2015 09:12am

@True Pakistani

100 din sunhaar ke, 1 din lohar kaa!!

Well said Bhai jan! Let the constitution and laws created using it take its natural course and Pakistan will be a better place.

It is high time for curtain around various jamats in Pak to come down so public in Pak can appreciates "who is the real enemy ?"

saeedmalik Apr 02, 2015 09:13am

ECP should audit all the parties funds and resources.

Muzaffar Oklahoma Apr 02, 2015 09:13am

The only party that submits its finances and audits its accounts,holds elections and audits it own elections and that is the party that gets scrutinized the most.Thats ok,it's just another bridge to cross for the PTI.They will cross it.And in the meanwhile PPP a,PML n,MQM,ANP have no party elections,no list of donors,no audits and the party goes on.

Zak Apr 02, 2015 09:18am

Considering all the social welfare projects IK has done, like Shaukat khanum hospital etc, one can only say; IK stands for 'Integrity and Kindness'. A man who will be PM.

SHAME Apr 02, 2015 09:33am

@saeedmalik

please do IK first because they have a big mouth

Akib Apr 02, 2015 09:37am

The counsel contended that "since the ECP had accepted the audit reports it could not question their authenticity."

-said no innocent person ever

S M Danish Apr 02, 2015 09:43am

Money Laundry case should be logged on to Imran Khan

Ahmed Apr 02, 2015 09:50am

This is Pakistan.. IK will benefited with Muk Muka.. IK needs to be mature.. he is still with dictator mindset.

Gaz Apr 02, 2015 10:00am

What a joke, there are millions of Pakistanis living in the west and 90% of them support PTI and donate to them using the internet. Problem is Zardari and Sharif probably don't even know how to use a computer never mind Internet appeals.

hassan Apr 02, 2015 10:04am

Of course look into PTi as Ik is a very soft target . never ask any other party form where they receive funding , because it will show judges pocket filled with their money.

Dystopia Apr 02, 2015 10:09am

Can't see which foreign country would fund PTI. Arabs are pro-PMLN and the Americans anti-PTI obviously due to NATO blockades. That leaves the UK and I doubt they're funding PTI.

AH Apr 02, 2015 10:23am

Good, this will further help PTI to clear any mess if its in the financial transactions of the party. ECP shall move strongly as I want to see PTI to be strong in coming years...

anees from zaida Apr 02, 2015 10:24am

@yatagan - You writes goode inglish, too.

last comment Apr 02, 2015 10:28am

And Khan will pass this test too.

Anon Apr 02, 2015 10:40am

As far as the ECP's financial propriety inquiries go, there is only one party in Pakistan - PTI. The one that has some semblance of a system for contribution and collection.

PMLN has never held a fund collection drive in their history, and yet seem to have more money than anyone... and the ECP is absolutely OK with this!

zafar Apr 02, 2015 10:45am

I am a donor of PTI. I have friends who have also donated. This is money earned through legitimate means and donated to PTI - a political entity, purely as political donations, totally allowed under US law.

adnan Apr 02, 2015 10:57am

FINALLY--- the much much strongly resisted audit by pti, Since 2013... finally ECP woke up to address the money laundering frauds and possible contributions from state unfriendly entities. (states) this is much longer wait for nations than this so called election audit.

khan sahab... take what is been given to you i.e. Karachi. morality platform will be thrown down third time !

Khuram Apr 02, 2015 10:58am

@anees from zaida No personal attack please !!

Between: ECL woke up on very day when JC was almost officially formed.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Apr 02, 2015 11:13am

Good move but I wonder why so late. PTI spent millions and millions of rupees on their jalsas, rallies and dharna's. Where all this insane amount of money coming from? Who is behind all this? NAB should investigate as well. Not just tge election commission.

Truth Apr 02, 2015 11:15am

It is ECP responsibility to ask details of funding received by all political parties- not just PTI- both local and foreign sources. They cannot start victimizing one political party.

ECP should make the whole scrutiny system really transparent and even request for changes in related laws by the parliament for system improvement.

Hisham Apr 02, 2015 11:16am

Charity begins at home

Hisham Apr 02, 2015 11:24am

@Ahmad I don't think Ik will appoint Justice Wajih this time again to conduct internal audit of PTI foreign funding statements.

Irfan Apr 02, 2015 12:08pm

Fund raising and charity collection has been IK's only source of income since 1992, otherwise what else is his source. EC please do not strip him of poor fellows living.

KHALID SOHAIL SHAIKH Apr 02, 2015 12:19pm

Attention: Honest leaders, select a right path and leave the dreams of corruption and live for justice and die for justice. Masses will protect your kids and kids of kids.

ysk Apr 02, 2015 12:46pm

Just like what IK says - if you dont have anything to hide, why not come clean. Time to apply this to PTI

haris Apr 02, 2015 12:56pm

@S M Danish How money laundering case could be registered against IK? As Malick rightly said, the money came into PAkistan, it's not going out of the country.

@Malick: you see Pakistani are not familiar what Money laundering is about?

F. J Apr 02, 2015 01:48pm

@Iman exactly we are so honest that we only find PTI as the one wrongdoer.

Go Green Pakistan Apr 02, 2015 02:22pm

Khan is innocent, Khan and Nawaz Sharif are true leaders of Pakistan. Both are welcome. They must reunite and rule Karachi.

adil jadoon Apr 02, 2015 02:34pm

How is overseas money illegal?

ali ahmed Apr 02, 2015 02:36pm

case of money laundering..

Hina Apr 02, 2015 02:36pm

ECP make a great fun

Hina Apr 02, 2015 02:38pm

since the ECP had accepted the audit reports, why raise a question on this time.

Dilectus Apr 02, 2015 02:57pm

I am a PTI supporter and I am OK with it as long as ECP asks other parties as well for their source of income and how they generate funds. MQM would be the first one to resist, then PML-N and PPP.

Waqar Apr 02, 2015 02:59pm

@malick For all religious seminaries money always come into Pakistan. It never goes out. You know we are pakistanis as explained by some US laywers in Kansi case.

Shafiq Khan Apr 02, 2015 03:19pm

@Canada The commission reports never see the light of day. It is only a practice of kicking the ball into the long grass.

Awais Ali Apr 02, 2015 04:05pm

PTI is most strong party in overseas Pakistanis and they donate every year to PTI. i personally know many people who regularly donate to PTI. its legal way nothing wrong with that.