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ISLAMABAD – The Election Commission of the Pakistan Review Committee set up to investigate the foreign funding case against the ruling Pakistan party Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday confirmed irregularities in the audit report submitted by the ruling party in the ECP.

The committee’s report confirmed the illegal financing and cover-up of 53 accounts by the PTI. The report repeatedly referred to its inability to obtain details of PTI’s foreign accounts and details of funds raised overseas.

According to sources familiar with the development, the two auditors, namely Arsalan Wardak and Mohammad Sohaib, were allowed to read account details for 55 hours. The source revealed that they were not allowed to make copies of documents or use laptops while reading.

“The documents examined did not include the 28 original PTI bank statements requisitioned through the State Bank of Pakistan which were withheld by the ECP,” sources said.

The ruling PTI withheld funds worth millions of rupees from the ECP, the report revealed on Tuesday. The report also stated that the PTI had provided “false information” regarding the party’s funding to the ECP.

He said SBP’s bank statement revealed that the party had received funding of Rs 1.64 billion.

According to the report, the party did not disclose funding worth more than Rs 310 million to the ECP.

The control committee was formed in 2019 to audit foreign funding received by the PTI. The case began in 2014 when the party’s founding member Akbar S Babar filed it.

It should be noted that the oversight committee also did not include details of funds received on the personal bank accounts of four PTI central office employees authorized in writing by the PTI finance board in July 2011. .

The employees included the central office telephone operator PTI and the office assistant.

The clearance was given with the approval of PTI President Imran Khan and then PTI General Secretary Dr Arif Alvi. The review documents also did not include a single bank statement of at least six international bank accounts maintained and recognized by PTI overseas.

Earlier, on August 27, 2020, the ECP trashed the review board’s first report after 28/29 months of review and berated the board with comments that “it was the duty and responsibility of the board to ” examine the authenticity, reliability and credibility of each of the documents submitted to it by both parties.

He said the Committee had the power to contact the appropriate forums, sources and people to confirm the authenticity or not of the documents.

The case has been pending since November 14, 2014. Since then, the ECP and the review panel have heard the case over 150 times and the PTI has requested adjournments 54 times.

The review committee that was formed in March 2018 to complete the review of PTI’s accounts in a matter of months took almost four years to submit its report to the ECP last December, which has now been shared with officials. two parts for comments.

The ECP resumed the hearing of the PTI’s foreign funding case on Tuesday after a nine-month delay.

The last hearing took place on April 6, 2021, after which the ECP adopted on April 14 an order directing the petitioner and founding member of the PTI, Akbar S. Babar, to employ two auditors for the examination of the submitted documents. by the PTI for its defense.

The ECP has shared the review panel report with Akbar S Babar for review and comments by the next hearing date of January 18.

PTI’s lawyer requested that the review panel report be kept secret, which was dismissed. Likewise, PTI has also filed a request to have all cases regarding the illegal financing clubbed, which has been set for a hearing on January 18.

The applicant was represented by his lawyer Syed Ahmad Hassan Shah assisted by Badar Iqbal Chaudhry while PTI was represented by Syed Khawar Shah.

Speaking to media outside the ECP, petitioner and PTI member Akbar S. Babar said Quaid e Azam fought and won a case to make Pakistan. The foreign funding issue is to save Pakistan from a leadership that has ruined Pakistan.

He said that if the matter had been decided on time and on the merits, the current economic collapse and the attendant threats to our national security could have been avoided. He stated that it is the responsibility of all who sit on trial to fulfill their duty to decide the case on the merits and without further delay.

He said political parties can only serve as breeding grounds for leaders if they are regulated by law. There is no shortage of competent and credible leaders in Pakistan if only they are allowed to develop within political parties.

Earlier in the hearing, PTI chief and Minister of State for Information Farrukh Habib urged the Commission to complete the review of the PPP and PML-N accounts without further delay. Thereupon, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja requested the review committee to submit a progress report on the PPP and PML-N accounts within 10 days.

Speaking to the media after the hearing, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib said the Pakistani Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) reading concealed nine accounts from the Commission.

While sharing a report prepared by his party’s financial experts on the secret accounts of various political parties, he said that the PML-N and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) kept several of their secret bank accounts from the dog of guard of national elections. He said the PMLN has received donations worth over 600 million rupees, but failed to produce a record 98 percent.

Shawanda H. Saldana