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ECP to hold open hearing of foreign funding case

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ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has announced that there would be open hearing of foreign funding case before the commission once the scrutiny committee submitted its report.

The spokesman of ECP said the proceedings before the scrutiny committee will not be open although it was being carried out in the presence of both parties.

He said the commission’s stance about open and close hearing of foreign funding case has already been shared through media but there was some confusion about hearing of the case.

He said the scrutiny committee would submit its recommendations on foreign funding case to the ECP as per approved Terms of Reference (TORs) and in the light of facts and on merit.

The impression given by applicant Akbar S Baber in media talk outside ECP that the scrutiny committee is biased was against the actual situation as the scrutiny committee was working efficiently and honestly, the spokesman added.

The committee in its last meeting examined the documents submitted by the parties as per legal procedure and thoroughly checked the documents of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and raised various questions that led to a detailed discussion.

The committee assured all parties that the scrutiny committee was responsible to submit its recommendations to ECP without any pressure. The committee also made it clear that its recommendations would be transparent and impartial.