PTI top brass rejects ECP verdict

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Decides to challenge Election Commission decision

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) top brass rejected the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) verdict over prohibited funding case and decided to uphold a peaceful protest call outside ECP.

Sources privy to the matter said that PTI chairman Imran Khan presided over the meeting after the announcement of verdict, which was attended by party leaders. During the meeting Imran said that verdict was biased, adding that they will not come under any pressure.

In this regard, the sources further said that the PTI leadership unanimously rejected the decision of the Election Commission and put legal defects of the decision before the nation.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has decided to challenge the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) verdict on prohibited funding case.

Speaking to journalists after the verdict was announced, PTI Central Deputy Secretary Information Farrukh Habib said that the party would challenge the electoral watchdog’s verdict on the prohibited funding case.

The PTI leader further said that it was the victory of party’s narrative that “this was not a foreign funding case, this was a case about prohibited funding”.

He further stated that those who propelled the narrative of the case being about “foreign funding” have been severely disappointed that the PTI was not banned today. “We will give a sufficient reply to the notice”, he announced.

Raising questions over the election commission, Farrukh Habib noted that the Islambad High Court (IHC) had ordered a probe into the accounts of all the political parties without any discrimination.

He said that the scrutiny committee tasked to probe the accounts of PTI completed its work on time but the committees established to check the accounts of PPP and PML were yet to submit their report.

Taking over the presser, former information minister Fawad Chaudhry said that most of the money was from overseas Pakistanis. “I don’t understand why PML-N, JUI and PPP have declared overseas Pakistanis as the enemy,” he said.

“We consider overseas Pakistanis to be the backbone of Pakistan’s economy and we will continue to rely on them for our funding,” he said, reiterating that the ECP’s decision proved this was never a case of foreign funding.

Meanwhile, PTI leader Maleeka Bokhari said media groups against the party and the coalition parties of PDM had “lost hope” today. She claimed that the PTI was not the kind of party to accept foreign funding, however, the “propaganda” against it was furthered for years.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced the much-awaited verdict in the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf prohibited funding case.

 

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