ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has admitted before the top court in the foreign funding case on Monday that money was collected from prohibited sources in the US and not remitted to Pakistan.
The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar observed that an agent collected money on the PTI’s behalf while projecting the party’s manifesto. The bench asked as to how the party allowed the agent to collect funds from prohibited sources.
Earlier, the PTI claimed before the Supreme Court that the funds collected by the agent were not remitted to Pakistan and were used by him for his own purposes abroad.
Akram Sheikh, counsel for PML-N, contended that the PTI did not take action against the agent who collected funds from prohibited source in the US.
He went on to added that the PTI submitted forged documents in the foreign funding case in an attempt to exclude the names of foreigners and multinational companies who served the party in the matter.
At this, the CJP stated that there was a need to run a detailed inquiry into the matter.
Sheikh, however, asserted there was no need for an inquiry as the PTI had admitted to collecting funds abroad from prohibited sources.
Meanwhile, Anwar Mansoor Khan, counsel for PTI, said the ECP was not allowed to investigate the audit report of party funding at this point in time.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial observed that though the law and rules do not provide for the publicity of liabilities and assets of the legislature, it is carried out by the ECP to ensure transparency.
The CJP observed it was provided by the law that every political party shall account for [their finances] and the process shall be conducted by the ECP.
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