ECP vows open court in foreign funding case

Rana Sanaullah demands ban on parties running on foreign funding

By: News Desk      Published: 03:12 PM, 23 Jan, 2021
ECP vows open court in foreign funding case

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has rejected the idea of making the working of scrutiny committee currently investigating the alleged foreign funding of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) public, saying only when the committee presents its findings that an open court will be held in the presence of the parties concerned, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.

Quoting sources, the TV channel reported that it was ECP’s view that since the scrutiny committee was enjoying the powers of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT), no request from any party for making its working public could be accepted.

However, once the committee compiles its report that the parties will be summoned to the commission’s office for giving their opinions.

Earlier, the ECP, on Thursday, had said that an open hearing could not be held in the foreign funding case. “The committee will face difficulties in proceedings if it happens,” the ECP said in a statement.

It had said the commission after hearing arguments from both sides would decide the case on merit as soon as possible. “The commission assures it will decide the case without any fear or pressure,” it said, adding that the foreign funding case was an “important and sensitive” one and a merit-based decision on it would serve the “national interest”.

The statement had come a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan proposed a public hearing in the foreign funding case and said it should be shown live on television. “Foreign funding case proceedings should be aired live on TV so that everything is known to the general public,” the prime minister said while addressing a public rally in South Waziristan district.

Rana Sanaullah 

PML-N senior leader Rana Sanaullah on Saturday demanded a ban on those parties which are running on foreign funding.

Talking to media in Lahore, the PML-N leader said those who had been blaming others for three years have turned out to be the culprits. The ECP has their confession and there is no other option but to punish them, he stressed.

Rana Sanaullah said, "The money taken from Indian and Israeli lobbies was spent in Pakistan, and accountability of every penny will be held. Courts will soon hear cases against the selected group.

"Fake narcotics case was lodged against me on the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Case copies have not been provided even after one and three-quarter years. All fake cases will end by only one order and that time will soon come."