“A political party could not be banned in a case of prohibited funding”

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan President Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief of Staff Imran Khan Dr Shahbaz Gill said on Thursday that a political party cannot be banned in case of banned funding but that the money would be picked up by authorities, ARY News reported.

Dr Shahbaz Gill in a press conference today said that PTI faces the prohibited funding case but the foreign funding case.

He responded to allegations by the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and Home Minister Rana Sanaullah who requested the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to announce the verdict of the case of foreign financing against the PTI.

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Dr Gill said people used to fundraise to participate in elections in many countries, including the United States (USA). “There were leaders in Pakistan who committed financial fraud in the name of financing.”

“PTI faces a case of prohibited funding, but not a case of foreign funding. In cases of prohibited funding, the money can be taken back but the political party will not be banned. However, PTI is also not proven guilty in the prohibited financing case.

He criticized Rana Sanaullah for uttering threats and committing contempt of court. Gill said the court has already issued its decision that the verdict of all parties’ funding cases will be announced immediately.

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“We also call on the election commission to immediately announce the verdict of foreign or prohibited funding cases. We just want to see the implementation of the High Court order by the ECP while announcing its decision.

Earlier in the day, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah asked the ECP to announce a verdict in the foreign funding case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the Home Secretary criticized the election watchdog for the delay in announcing the judgment in the PTI foreign funding case.

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“Why is the election commission not announcing the reserved verdict if the hearings are over,” he said, adding that the PTI was trying to avoid the case by creating roadblocks and filing nine motions for injunction.

Rana Sanaullah said the government and allied parties have expressed concern over the delay in announcing the judgment.

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