The PTI foreign funding case verdict was made public by the Election Commission.

The Pakistan Election Commission (ECP) ruled unanimously on Tuesday that the PTI received funding from illegal sources.

According to the ECP’s ruling, the party received money from 34 foreigners, which was against the Constitution. The US, Australia, and UAE all donated money to the party.

It also said that the party had taken money from a prominent US businessman.

In addition, “13 unidentified accounts also surfaced during the probe in the PTI funding case,” the statement continued, “The party accepted funds from a US business personality.”

The ECP claimed that the PTI had provided a false affidavit regarding the party’s financial statements. Imran Khan, the chairman of the PTI, had submitted a phoney F1 form to the ECP, it continued.

The decision was made by a three-member panel that included Shah Muhammad Jatoi, Nisar Ahmed Durrani, and Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja from the ECP.

According to the decision, “The Commission is satisfied that the respondent party received the contributions and donations from prohibited sources.”

‘Battle of truth versus strength’

Akbar S. Babar, a founding member of the PTI who filed the lawsuit, thanked God and his late mother for helping him win “this battle” in a statement to the media following the announcement of the verdict.

“We were struggling with a mountain. We prevailed in the conflict between strength and the truth in this situation.”

According to Babar, there was no personal gain for him in this situation; rather, the nation benefited because Pakistani politics required a significant shift so that political parties would be subject to legal scrutiny.

He thanked the ECP and said that we—the people—had to have faith in and support state institutions.

“We have faced many challenges over the past eight years, but this exact election commission has accepted all of my justifications,” the candidate said.

Babar reiterated the conclusion reached by the electoral watchdog, claiming that the ECP had concurred that Imran’s certificates and the PTI’s funding came from foreigners and companies.

Invoking “fascism,” he asserted that Imran Khan “used to threaten PTI, would insult the chief of the election commission, and would attack people personally.”

According to him, the ECP’s choice was a step toward eradicating the “fascism” of the PTI.

‘Not a case of foreign funding’

According to PTI leader Farrukh Habib, the party has maintained that “this was not a foreign funding case, this was a case about prohibited funding.”

He continued by saying that those who pushed the narrative that the case was about “foreign funding” were very disappointed that the PTI was not banned today but rather given a show-cause notice.

We’ll respond to the notice adequately, he said in his closing statement.

Speaking to the media after Habib, Maleeka Bokhari claimed that today’s media attacks on the PTI and the PDM coalition parties had “lost hope.”

The PTI was allegedly not the type of party to accept foreign funding, but “propaganda” against it had been spread for years, according to her.

In order to look into PTI funding, committees of inquiry were established in 2018, but Bokhari claims that their findings were never made public because they offered no evidence against the party. She argued that a constitutional institution was forcing Pakistan’s “biggest democratic party” into a corner.

She demanded that PDM leaders reveal their bank account information, claiming that Benazir Bhutto had claimed that the PML-N overthrew her administration using funds from Osama Bin Laden, and she questioned why the JUI-F had received funding from Libya’s Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.

It’s unfortunate that these parties can’t constitutionally and legally compete with the PTI, even though everything should have been done within the law.

Fawad Chaudhry of PTI expressed gratitude to those who had been involved in the eight-year legal battle.

“Only the PTI organises effective public fundraising campaigns in Pakistan. No other political party carries out this “According to the former minister of information

He insisted that the case related to funding from 2008 to 2013 and that the PTI had raised about Rs. 3–4 billion, the majority of which came from Pakistanis living outside of Pakistan.

When asked why, he said, “I don’t understand why PML-N, PPP, and JUI have made overseas Pakistanis their enemy when we consider them the backbone of our economy,” he added that the party would still rely on them for funding.

“Prohibited sources” donations

S No Donors Amount
1 Funds transferred from UAE-based company (Wootton Cricket Limited) $2,151,500
2 Bristol engineering services FZ LLC Dubai $49,965
3 E planet Trustees $100,000
4 SS Marketing $1,741
5 Funds collected through LLC-5975 donations and contributions and transmitted to PTI $1,976,500
6 PTI Canada Corporation #4451121 $279,822
7 Mrs Romita Shetty (Singapore) $13,750
8 Funds collected through LLC-6160 donations and contributions and transmitted to PTI $549,000
Total dollars $5,122,278
9 Dunpec Pty Ltd, Australia Rs504,250
10 Anwar Brothers Rs78,000
11 Zain Cotton Ptv Ltd Rs10,000
12 M/s Young Sports Rs97,500
13 Amount received in 13 accounts (11 unknown, 2 not pertain) as per PTI during 2008-2013 Rs215,787,718
14 PTI Canada Corporation #4451121 (Pak rupees) Rs3,581,186
Total rupees Rs215,787,718
15 PTI UK Reg#07381036 £792,265

The ECP order’s main points

1) Wootton Cricket Limited, a company run and owned by business tycoon Arif Masood Naqvi, the owner of the Abraaj Group, and registered in the Cayman Islands, gave donations to PTI Pakistan with knowledge and intent. A willing recipient of $2,121,500 in prohibited funds was the respondent party.

2) In violation of Pakistani law, PTI Pakistan knowingly and willfully accepted donations from Bristol Engineering Services, an organisation with its headquarters in the United Arab Emirates, totaling US $ 49,965 into its accounts in Pakistan.

3) E-Planet Trustees, a Cayman island Pvt registered company trust with headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, and SS Marketing, Manchester, a Pvt Company with headquarters in the UK, gave donations to PTI Pakistan wilfully and knowingly. Into its accounts in Pakistan that are subject to prohibition and in violation of Pakistani Laws was transferred from both companies a sum of US $ 101,741/-.

4) PTI Pakistan knowingly and willfully accepted donations totaling US$2,525,500 through PTI USA LLC-6160 and PTI USA LLC-5975. The amounts that PTI Pakistan received from both companies and deposited into its accounts are prohibited and against Pakistani law.

5) PTI Pakistan received donations worth US $ 279,822 and GBP 792,265 respectively through PTI Canada Corporation and PTI UK Public Ltd companies. Likewise, PTI Canada Corporation gave PTI Pakistan PKR 3,581,186 in donations. The donation funds that PTI Pakistan received from both businesses were subject to a ban and were against Pakistani law.

6) Dunpec Pty Ltd, an Australian company, and Anwar Brothers, Zain Cotton, and Young Sports (Pakistani businesses), who collectively donated PKR 689, 750 to PTI Pakistan, did so knowingly and willfully. The money that PTI Pakistan received from both companies and put into its accounts was against the law and prohibited.

7) 34 foreign nationals and 351 foreign-based companies donated to PTI Pakistan through fundraising campaigns run by PTI USA LLC-6160 and PTI USA LLC-5975. The foreign nationals’ collection of gifts and contributions from foreign people and businesses is forbidden and against Pakistani law.

8) PTI Pakistan has also been discovered to be the recipient of donations made by Ms. Romita Shetty, an Indian-American businesswoman with a base in the US. The restriction on donations from foreign nationals and the violation of Pakistani Laws apply to the sum of US$ 13, 750 that Romita Shetty donated.

9) In its submission to the commission, PTI acknowledged ownership of only eight (08) accounts, while declaring 13 accounts to fall under the category of unknown accounts and not be PTI accounts. All 13 of the accounts PTI disowned were opened and managed by senior PTI management and leadership at the Central and Provincial levels, according to data obtained from SBP. Additionally, PTI neglected to mention and disclose three accounts that were also run by the party’s senior leadership in this regard. The PTI leadership committed a serious reporting error and violated Article 17 (3) of the Pakistani Constitution by failing to disclose and/or conceal 16 bank accounts.

10) Based on the financial statements obtained by this Commission from SBP and other material in the public domain, the Form-I submitted by the chairman of PTI for the financial years 2008-09 to 2012-13 (Five Years) was found to be wildly inaccurate.

As a result, the matter is covered by Article 6(3) of the PPO, 2002, given the information that is on the record and the discussion that has been made above. As a result, the Commission orders that a notice be sent to the Respondent party in accordance with Rule 6 of PPR 2002 explaining why the aforementioned prohibited funds may not be seized. In light of this Commission order, the office is also tasked with starting any additional legal proceedings.

Following an explosive Financial Times article that exposed the PTI’s funding sources, there was an increase in demand for the announcement of the decision in this significant case.

It was a unique case in the history of the nation when the electoral body finally released the judgement on June 21 of this year, after reserving it for a record-breaking eight years. Akbar S. Babar, a founding member of the PTI and a former information secretary, submitted the petition in November 2014.

Instance history

The PTI’s challenge of the Election Commission’s jurisdiction, the organization’s nine different legal counsel changes, and other stalling strategies all contributed to the case’s poor outcome.

The money, according to Babar’s allegations, was raised illegally through two offshore companies and illegally transferred from the Middle East through “Hundi” to the accounts of PTI employees.

Additionally, he claimed that the annual audit report provided to the Election Commission concealed the funds that had previously been smuggled in from abroad.

The Election Commission’s cause list contains the scheduled announcement of the case, which has sparked discussion in political circles and among the general public about the PTI and its prospects for political success.

The Election Commission once sent a letter to the State Bank requesting information about the accounts after the PTI refused to cooperate.

In order to investigate the issue of foreign funding, the ECP established a three-person Scrutiny Committee in March 2018.

On October 1 of the previous year, the ECP postponed making a decision on four petitions for secrecy submitted by the PTI while reviewing the case. The PTI appealed the decision to the Islamabad High Court, and it was decided to hold daily hearings on the foreign funding case in November 2019. On October 10, 2019, the Election Commission rejected the objections raised by the former ruling party to the audit of its accounts through the Scrutiny Committee.

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