SC adjourns PTI foreign funding case indefinitely after lawyer tests positive

By: News Desk      Published: 10:56 AM, 15 Apr, 2021
SC adjourns PTI foreign funding case indefinitely after lawyer tests positive

A three-member bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam adjourned the hearing PTI foreign funding case indefinitely in Supreme Court as a PTI lawyer tested positive for COVID-19, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Talking to media persons, the petitioner and PTI’s dissident leader Akbar S Babar said that if Prime Minister Imran Khan had presented himself for accountability in foreign funding case, he could have also held others accountable today.

He said Imran Khan had challenged his party membership in the Supreme Court but every court and every forum gave a verdict in his favour. “The PTI is not registered with the name of Imran Khan but with the party’s name,” Akbar S Babar said.

On Wednesday, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) granted permission to Akbar S Babar to view the record of the party's accounts to prove that it received foreign funding albeit in the presence of the scrutiny committee.

However, Babar refuted the report that his plea had been dismissed, quoting an excerpt from the ECP's ruling in which it stated that it could not pass any “remarks on the instant matter as it was sub judice before a scrutiny committee”.

The commission upheld the decision of the scrutiny committee not to hand over the record to Babar and grant him permission to review it only. It added that the petitioner along with his lawyer could review the record two days a week in the presence of the committee and director general (law).

The ECP has also directed the committee to complete its work by the end of May this year.