The Election Commission of Pakistan on Wednesday issued notices to 19 political parties in Parliament about the financial statements and investigation of funds. According to The Express Tribune, a five-member bench headed by the Chief Election Commissioner has given the February 24 deadline for the parties to submit their responses. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawyer Shah Khawar appeared before the Election Commission on behalf of the petitioner.
During the proceedings, the Political Finance Wing of the Election Commission submitted a report regarding the investigation of the financial statements of all political parties having seats in Parliament. The Election Commission also directed Khawar to provide a copy of the report. The commission asked them to review the report and lodge any objection to it.
PDM demonstrated outside Election Commission office
The Election Commission’s action came after the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) protested outside the Commission’s office and demanded an early hearing on the unexpected delays in the foreign funding case of Imran Khan’s party PTI. Let me tell you that PDM is a coalition of 11 opposition parties of Pakistan, whose aim is to oust the Imran government from power.
Election Commission has suspended membership of 154 members
During her performance, Maryam Nawaz of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) termed the case registered against the PTI as ‘the biggest fraud in the history of Pakistan’. After failing to submit details of its assets and liabilities, the Election Commission on Monday suspended the membership of 154 members of national and provincial assemblies. It has been told that these members will remain suspended until they give details of their assets.