ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday dismissed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) stance regarding its constitutional jurisdiction to hear foreign funding case.
During the proceeding, it was clarified that ECP has full authority to hear the PTI foreign funding issue whereas contempt of court case against Imran Khan has also been separated from this case.
The bench has ordered PTI chief to submit reply in both cases till May 17.
Imran Khan’s lawyer told Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) retired Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza that the matter of code of conduct violation is under hearing at Supreme Court (SC) and Islamabad High Court (IHC).
CEC said that he has not received any copy of SC order yet and that the authorities have conducted dozens of elections on the same rules.
Terming the ECP’s law as infringement of rights, PTI leader Naeem-ul-Haque said that ban on ministers is valid but it is not applicable to Imran Khan as he is not having any official resources.
On April 4, PTI lawyer and former attorney general Anwar Mansur Khan had challenged ECP jurisdiction, saying that ECP could not act as a court under the Constitution.
He said that PTI had submitted information of all its accounts audited by an A-category auditor to ECP after which there was no need to present more details.