ECP to scrutinise MPs’ financial assets from Dec 1

Dismisses petitions against PM, PTI Chief

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) during an open hearing on Monday decided to scrutinise parliamentarians’ assets starting Dec 1, ECP officials said.
The decision was made as it came to light that although parliamentarians filed details of their assets, these details would not be verified, officials said.
The Political Finance Wing of the ECP will initiate a probe under Additional Secretary ECP Fida Mohammad, the officials said, adding that the investigation would begin randomly as opposed to the ECP’s previous plan of kick-starting the probe with heads of parliament.
The ECP on Monday also dismissed two separate petitions from ordinary citizens seeking to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan. – sources
A citizen, Manzar Bhatti, has filed a petition against the premier saying that the PM illegally used the country’s assets for his recent medical treatment in London. The petition was rejected, with the ECP saying the matter should be resolved in court. A case against the prime minister and his family members is ongoing in the Supreme Court.
Another citizen, Abdul Rauf, filed a petition against Imran Khan, claiming that the money collected for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in the name of charity was invested in off-shore companies.
The petitioner maintained that the PTI chief used the money collected for his charity illegally. The petition was discarded due to insufficient evidence.

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