PTI cannot be banned in prohibited funding case: Farrukh

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Says political opponents fell into pit dug for PTI

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Central Secretary Information Farrukh Habib said that the political opponents have fallen into the pit they dug for the PTI, as the party cannot be banned in the prohibited funding case but they are unlikely to avoid the punishment because they don’t have the evidences and receipts of their foreign funding.

Speaking at a press conference here on Tuesday after Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) reserved its verdict in PTI prohibited funding case, he said that the election body concluded hearing of PTI’s prohibited funding case, which was the only political party that laid the foundation of political fund raising.

Farrukh Habib said that despite serious reservations regarding Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja, the PTI was expecting impartial and unbiased decision, as the PTI submitted all evidences and banking transection pertaining to the case.

He said that it was not a case of foreign funding but of prohibited funding; therefore banning PTI in the case was out of question; however, he added that it would be litmus test for the other political parties to prove their innocence, as they did not have the record of their foreign funding.

He asked the ECP to direct its scrutiny committees to submit audited reports of bank accounts relating to foreign funding of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and gave a verdict in the light of the Supreme Court (SC) and Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) decisions.

Farrukh Habib recalled that late Benazir Bhutto, in her book, had alleged that Nawaz Sharif had received funding from Osama Bin Ladin to topple her government.

He demanded that ECP should announce the decision related to the party’s funding cases of all political parties simultaneously. He lamented that the commission should show special interest in the other political parties’ foreign funding cases likewise PTI, as the PPP and PML-N cases have been pending for the last four years.

Farrukh Habib demanded that the CCP should conduct open of their cases so as to expose their real face before the masses, adding that both the parties were running away from foreign funding cases because they had nothing to show with regard to their foreign funding.—PR

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