PTI’s financial experts object to ECP scrutiny committee’s working
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Financial experts of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday objected to the working of the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) scrutiny committee in the party’s foreign funding case, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja asked them not to raise the points which had already been discussed, adding that if they did so, the case would prolong further.
A three-member bench of the ECP, headed by the CEC, heard the case.
A financial expert argued said that it had not been specified before the constitution of the committee as to how it would work. “If the committee was lacking in professionalism, it could have asked for assistance,” he said, and added, “It would have been much better if the committee had spent more time on investigating the PTI bank accounts and other details related to the party funds.
The financial expert further said that Akbar S. Babar, petitioner in the case, had not provided verified documents to the committee.
The CEC asked him to focus on the party’s bank accounts, and not to give his opinion on the committee’s report.
The expert went on to say that the membership fee and monetary assistance were two separate things.
When the member Sindh asked him to tell as how the donations were received: legally or illegally, he replied that the amounts were deposited in the PTI’s accounts.
Responding to the CEC’s direction that the PTI should restrict itself only to the figures, counsel for the party, Anwer Mansoor Advocate said he would shed light on them tomorrow.
Later talking to the media, Babar claimed that the PTI’s financial experts had failed to give the trail of their party funds.
The commission then adjourned hearing of the case until tomorrow (Thursday).
Reporter: Rozeena Ali