IHC CJ nullifies ruling to decide PTI foreign funding case in 30 days

IHC CJ nullifies ruling to decide PTI foreign funding case in 30 days

IHC CJ nullifies ruling to decide PTI foreign funding case in 30 days

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah. Image: File

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday annulled its single bench order to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to decide Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) foreign funding case within 30 days in an intra-court appeal.

A divisional bench of the Islamabad High Court comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Babar Sattar took up the intra court plea against the IHC single bench order to the ECP to decide PTI foreign funding case in 30 days.

The IHC in order said to the ECP to decide on prohibited funding cases of other parties within an appropriate time frame. The court remarked, “We have no doubt that the ECP will treat all parties equally.”

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During the hearing, a representative of the ECP assured the court that the ECP has not yet issued any order in any case and no indiscriminate action against all parties. The court order states that the ECP has shared the action in the prohibited funding case under Political Parties order 2002.

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The ECP official told the court that the action against other parties was initiated later and we have also sought details of their accounts from the State Bank of Pakistan. Earlier, IHC had suspended the single bench order directing the ECP to decide foreign funding case against the PTI within 30 days.

A two-judge bench of the IHC suspended the single-bench ruling in the PTI foreign funding case till the next hearing on May 17. PTI Secretary General Asad Umar had filed the plea against the order of a single bench which directed the ECP to conclude the proceedings in the foreign funding case within 30 days.

 

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