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Friday 30th September 2022 / 3 Safar 1444

Overseas Pakistanis point out grave errors in ‘prohibited funding’ ruling

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday ruled that PTI has received prohibited funding that sent shockwaves throughout the country as well as abroad in Pakistani diaspora. However it didn’t take much long for people to point out grave errors in ECP’s verdict.

Some ECP’s points are so shallow that one can’t help laughing about it.

Multiple PTI donors, mentioned in the ECP’s verdict, came out after the verdict sharing their details and proofs that they are not foreign nationals and have donated money using legitimate channels.

How about this for a joke; A US Pakistani Nasser Aziz had sent PTI $27500 from a joint account with his wife who happens to be of Indian origin, so ECP concluded since it was from a joint account, thus, half the money, $13750 is prohibited funding.

PTI leader and former federal minister Dr. Shireen Mazari termed the abovementioned ruling as ridiculous. She wrote on her twitter “Ridiculous. ECP also doesn’t realize bec[because] India does not allow dual nationality so u can be of Indian origin but not be an Indian citizen if u[you] have another nationality. @HamidMirPAK u[you] had queried saying an Indian citizen had donated. Pakistani husband of Indian origin wife had!”

The owner of the National Food Processing Factory Shoaib Ahmed Basra said that his company which donated funds to PTI is located in Bahawalpur, and the ECP has deemed it as a foreign fund. Shoaib said that he donated Rs10,500 to PTI in 2011.

My company has been misappropriated in the foreign funding list as a Canadian company, he added.

Another donor Asif Khan said that he donated $100 to the party in 2013 in his personal capacity via his PayPal account, however, ECP has named his former company Prabust Inc in the foreign funding list of the case.

PTI donor Beenish Faridi, who donated PTI $250 in 2013, termed the ECP verdict ‘outrageous’. She is not a foreign national as deemed by the ECP, she said in a video message.

In a bizarre fashion ECP has also declared receiving donor funding through your official and declared banking accounts as illegal. 

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday announced the much-awaited verdict in the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) prohibited funding case.

The ECP bench in its reserved verdict said prohibited funding against PTI has been proven.

ECP, in its unanimous verdict, ruled that the party received funds from business tycoon Arif Naqvi and from 34 foreign nationals.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja, comprising Nisar Ahmed Durrani and Shah Muhammad Jatoi announced the reserved verdict.

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