ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has ordered the hearing on a daily basis of the foreign funding case against the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).
The order was given after the joint opposition’s Rehbar Committee’s filed petition in the ECP, seeking a quick judgment in the case against the PTI.
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According to the petition, delaying the case was affecting the economy.
The ECP has announced that hearings of the case will be held every day, starting on 24th November.
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The chief election commissioner and member Election Commission Khyber Pakhtunkhwa granted the request.
The ECP, as per sources, has directed the scrutiny committee to wrap up the foreign funding case as early as possible.
The application pointed out that the foreign funding case against the PTI had been pending with the ECP for the past five years, while all relevant documents were available for proceedings.
It stated, “We urge that in the interest of justice the case may be heard on a daily basis and decided at the earliest during the term of the CEC.”
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Earlier on 10th October, the ECP had rejected four applications filed by the PTI seeking secrecy during the scrutiny of its foreign funding sources.
The ECP had in its order raised a serious objection to Assistant Attorney General Saqlain Haider representing the PTI as its lead lawyer, observing that his job was to represent the state, and not a political party.
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The ECP had in its order termed the case being the worst historical example of abuse of the process of law.
A petition was filed by the PTI in the high court on 7th November to examine the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)’s decision held on 10th October which had rejected the ruling party’s applications against an audit of its foreign funding.
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The PTI in its applications had challenged the scrutiny committee’s investigation without informing party members and then leaking the details of the application.
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