IHC rejects PTI’s plea in prohibited funding case

‘Imran Khan is a liar’

The Islamabad High Court rejected the application of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf against the decision of the Election Commission in the prohibited funding case.

The Islamabad High Court gave an oral summary judgment on the PTI’s petition against the Election Commission’s decision.

A larger bench judgment was issued against the Election Commission’s decision in the Prohibited Funding case.

A larger bench comprising Chief Justice Islamabad High Court Justice Aamir Farooq, Justice Mian Gul Hasan Aurangzeb and Justice Babar Sattar delivered the verdict.

It should be remembered that PTI had challenged the fact-finding committee report of the Election Commission in the Islamabad High Court.

Last month, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had reserved its verdict on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) plea against the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) ruling in the prohibited funding case.

The ECP had, in August last year, ruled that the party had received “illicit” funds and donations from the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

A larger bench of the IHC — headed by IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and comprising Justice Miangul Hassan and Justice Babar Sattar — heard the case.

Ahead of reserving the verdict, IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq remarked that the court exists to make legal decisions and not resolve political matters. He added that the ECP was only supposed to work constitutionally, which was limited to the confiscation of funds.

The IHC has told the election commission that if the party succeeds in proving that its funding was not prohibited, then the ECP would have to take back its August decision.