LHC sets aside ECP order


The Lahore High Court (LHC) set aside on Thursday the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to the extent of declaring an overseas Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) donor as non-Pakistani.

Beenish Faridi’s donation to the party was considered under ‘prohibited funding’ by the ECP in the PTI prohibited funding case. She had challenged the electoral watchdog’s decision last month.

The lawyer for the National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) argued that the petitioner had dual nationality therefore, she was a Pakistani. However, the ECP’s counsel requested the high court send the matter back to the election commission so it could revise its decision.

The petitioner’s lawyer, Azhar Siddique, questioned under what law would the ECP revise its own decision, adding that only the LHC had the jurisdiction to do so.

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