Pakistan Election Commission sent 2 notices to Imran Khan for violation of the election code of conduct, and sought a reply

Pakistan Election Commission sent 2 notices to Imran Khan for violation of the election code of conduct, and sought a reply

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday served two notices to former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) chief Imran Khan in two references related to the Prohibited Funding Cases case, in which the ECP ruled. That the party had received foreign funds.

In a notice, the election monitoring body had summoned Khan on 23 August, reports Daily Pakistan.

In addition, the PTI president has received another notice from the ECP, calling him on August 18 to hear a reference about his disqualification at the request of the Pakistan Democratic Movement, PDM (Pakistan Democratic Movement) leadership, Daily Pakistan reported. went.

A day earlier, the coalition government led by Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif had filed a reference to the ECP for the disqualification of the former prime minister. As reported by Daily Pakistan, PML-N's MNA Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha submitted the reference.

The ECP had declared PTI a "foreign-funded party" in its August 2 judgment in PTI's Prohibited Funding Cases. Imran and his party members rejected the decision, terming it "illegal and unconstitutional".

Khan criticized the ECP's decision and said that the PTI was the only party that raised funds through political fundraising, unlike other parties (PML-N and PPP), which he said were "mafia". were being driven.

The PTI chief questioned whether the money raised abroad by Pakistanis was wrong. They are calling it foreign funding, he said. Tell me, if this money is foreign funding, then what about remittances and money sent for earthquakes and floods?

According to media reports, the UK-based newspaper Financial Times revealed how PTI earned money through cricket matches organized under Wooton Cricket Limited, a company owned by Arif Naqvi, founder of Abraaj Group.

According to the report, Naqvi transferred three tranches directly to PTI in 2013, involving a total of USD 2.12 million.

Speaking about Arif Naqvi and the Financial Times report, Imran Khan said that his party had received money from two fundings organized by Naqvi in ​​2012.

He clarified that the businessman was accused of fraud six years later in 2018 and questioned how he came to know about it in 2012.

The PTI MPs accused the CEC of being biased and said, from the investigation to its decision, the matter is surrounded by serious doubts. The memorandum said that Imran Khan had also expressed his objection to the ECP and CEC on several occasions.

He also alleged that the decision of the Election Commission was influenced by the CEC meeting with coalition parties last week.

The show cause notice issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to PTI on restricted funding could put Imran Khan's leadership in danger as money received by Pakistan from abroad, including the US, UAE, Australia, and the UK, has several charges against the PTI major party. Cases can be filed.

The ECP's move came just after it was revealed that money received from abroad was used by Khan to fund PTI and he made false announcements in 2018 ahead of the elections. The ECP, in its judgment, issued a show cause notice to PTI, as to why the confiscated money could not be confiscated as the confiscation of the prohibited money is the domain of the ECP.

The foreign funding case has been pending since November 14, 2014, and was filed by PTI founder member Akbar S Babar, who alleged that there were some financial irregularities in PTI funding from Pakistan and abroad.

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