The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has told the Supreme Court that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) concealed information about foreign funds received through prohibited sources in its annual statements.
Ibrahim Satti, the counsel for the ECP, submitted the reply on Tuesday during hearing of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker Hanif Abbasi’s petition seeking disqualification of the PTI chief for giving false certificate before the ECP that the party did not get funds from prohibited sources.
The counsel stated that the PTI did not disclose details of foreign funding in four years. He, however, stated that all political parties are not disclosing the details of foreign funding in their annual statements.
The reply says that every political party is required to account for in the manner set out in Form-I, indicating its income, expenditure, source of fund within 60 days from the close of each financial year (July-June), submit consolidated statement of the audited account by a charted accountant showing funds from any source prohibited under the order received by the party.
“Political parties, who are acting under the command of law, are required to submit statement of all funds received and expenditure made, of course honestly but not fraudulently.”
The ECP rejected the PTI’s contention that the matter regarding obtaining funds through prohibited sources has been past and closed, adding “the commission can legally reopen the matter and proceed in accordance with law”.
Credit: Express Tribune