Pak poll panel summons Imran Khan on Aug 23 in prohibited funding case

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Pakistan’s election fee on Friday issued a discover to former premier Imran Khan and ordered him to seem personally on August 23 on the listening to within the prohibited funding case in opposition to his social gathering.

Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) social gathering and the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) have been at loggerheads. Khan has been accusing Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja of being biased.

Pakistan’s election fee on Tuesday stated that Khan’s social gathering acquired funds in opposition to the foundations from 34 international nationals, together with a businesswoman of Indian-origin, in a serious setback to the previous prime minister.

A 3-member bench of the ECP issued a present trigger discover to Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf social gathering for receiving prohibited funding from international nationals and foreign-based firms and protecting it underneath wraps. It additionally sought a proof from the social gathering and its chief Khan.

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In response to the ECP web site, the case titled “Discover to Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf when it comes to Rule 6 of Political Events Rule 2006, in compliance of judgment by the fee dated August 2 in case title Akbar Sher Babar” has been mounted for listening to on August 23, at 10 am.

The case was filed in November, 2014 by PTI founding member Akbar S Babar, who’s now not related to the social gathering.

The ECP in its verdict issued a discover to the social gathering asking why the funds shouldn’t be confiscated, and it additionally stated that it was “constrained to carry that Imran Khan did not discharge his obligations as mandated underneath the Pakistani statutes.”

Khan, in a speech on Thursday, rejected the decision by saying that the funding was acquired by the social gathering in 2012 when it was not prohibited. He accused his opponents of making an attempt to oust him from politics on technical grounds.

Individually, the ECP additionally accepted for listening to a reference by lawmakers of the ruling alliance on Thursday looking for the disqualification of Khan from public workplace on the premise of a verdict by the ECP within the prohibited funding case.

Its listening to has been mounted on August 18, in response to the ECP.

The ECP’s verdict got here after The Monetary Occasions newspaper just lately printed a narrative titled ‘The unusual case of the cricket match that helped fund Khan’s political rise’.

The report states that charges had been paid to Wootton Cricket Restricted, which, regardless of the title, was in actual fact a Cayman Islands-incorporated firm owned by Naqvi, the founding father of Dubai-based Abraaj Group.

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