PTI foreign funding case: Opposition parties demand daily hearing

Opposition’s Rahbar Committee on Wednesday demanded that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) conduct a daily hearing of the foreign funding case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
The Islamabad High Court was hearing an appeal against the ECP’s decision on October 10 today.
During the hearing, PTI’s associate lawyer requested that the hearing be delayed for a short while as the senior lawyer was busy in the Supreme Court.
To this, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani remarked that they cannot delay the hearing. The PTI lawyer then requested that any other date be set for the hearing.
The court then adjourned the hearing until the first week of December.
Speaking to the media, outside the Election Commission’s office, Rahbar Committee head Akram Durrani said even after five years the investigation against PTI was not complete.
Durrani said the delay in the hearing of the case was harmful to the nation.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Ahsan Iqbal while speaking to media said the Chief Election Commissioner was retiring next month and the PTI was hoping to end the formation of the Election Commission so that the proceedings will be ineffective.
Iqbal added that the foreign funding case was the biggest scandal in the history of corruption.
“PTI is that political party which did not present its benami accounts in front of the Election Commission. PTI wants the Chief Election Commissioner’s tenure to end.
He added money was sent into the PTI leaders accounts from US, Europe, India and the Middle East.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Peoples Party’s Nayyar Bukhari said the case has been pending for five years and the PTI sends in a new request at every opportunity.
Awami National Party leader Mian Ifthikar Hussain said if the decision in the foreign funding case was announced, neither the prime minister nor his cabinet would remain.
“Wherever the prime minister goes he says there is too much corruption in the country. We will find out who is corrupt after the verdict of the foreign funding case,” he said.
He added, “The prime minister says he will not give an NRO, but he himself is hiding behind it.”

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