The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday found the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) guilty of receiving prohibited funds from 34 foreigners and issued a show-cause notice to the party.

A three-member ECP bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, announced its verdict in the prohibited funding case reserved on June 21.

The ECP also found 13 unidentified accounts from which the PTI withdrew money. It also declared the affidavit submitted by the PTI chairman false.

The ECP also ruled that the party received funds from business tycoon Arif Naqvi. It said that the party had taken ownership of eight accounts and kept 13 hidden.

The donations were taken from America, Australia, and the UAE. In addition, PTI took funds from an American businessman, the ECP said.

PTI founding member Akbar S Babar moved the ECP in 2014 alleging that the party hid funds received for its election campaign. The ECP formed a scrutiny committee to probe the case.

It may be noted that a report of the ECP scrutiny committee probing the party’s funds revealed on January 4 that the PTI hid funds worth millions of rupees from the ECP.

The report stated that the PTI provided “false information” regarding the party’s funding to the ECP. It said that the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) bank statement revealed that the party had received Rs1.64 billion in funding.

According to the report, the party did not disclose funding worth more than Rs310 million to the ECP.

The scrutiny committee was formed in 2019 to audit foreign funding received by the PTI.

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