ISLAMABAD: The country’s top electoral authority – ECP – on Tuesday ruled that one of Pakistan’s major political parties – PTI – took prohibited funding from foreign countries and hid 13 accounts from the total 34 owned by the party.
“The Chairman of PTI [Imran Khan] for the financial year 2008-09 to 2012-13 (Five Years) has submitted Form-I which were found to be grossly inaccurate on the basis of the financial statements obtained by this Commission from SBP and other materials available on record,” said the ECP order.
Reacting to the decision, the PTI declared it a victory for the party as the case was not related to foreign funding but prohibited funding. But, they cried foul over apparent propaganda against it as the ECP did not issue details of PPP and the PML-N funding.
ECP decision details
- PTI confirmed eight accounts, hid 13 – out of a total of 34 submitted to the ECP
- Imran Khan submitted the wrong declaration from 2008 to 2013 to the ECP
- Issues show cause notice under Article 6 of Political Parties Order, 2002
- Declared funds received from Wootton Cricket, US, Canada, Romita Shetty, 34 foreigners, and 351 foreign companies
Prohibited funds received
- $2,121,500 from Wootton Cricket Limited, led by Abraaj Group owner Arif Naqvi
- $49,965 from Bristol Engineering Services FZ LLC, Dubai
- $549,000 from LLC-6160 donations and contributions
- $100,000 from E Planet Trustees PTC, Zurich
- $1,741 from SS Marketing
- $1,976,500 from LLC 5975 donations and contributions
- $279,822 worth of funds from PTI Canada
- $13,750 by Romita Shetty from Singapore
- Rs504,250 from Dunpec Pty, Ltd Australia
- Rs78,000 from Anwar Brothers
- Rs10,000 from Zain Cotton Pvt Ltd
- Rs97,500 from M/s Young Sports
- Rs3,581,186 from PTI Canada Corporation
- Rs215,787,718 from the amount received in 13 accounts (11 unknown, two not pertain) as per PTI during 2008-13
- 792,265 Pounds from PTI UK
“Hence, the commission directs that a notice may be issued to the respondent party in terms of Rule-6 of PPR 2002, as to why the aforementioned prohibited funds may not be confiscated. The office is also directed to initiate any other action under the law, in the light of the commission,” it said.