ISLAMABAD – The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday gave the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) last chance to produce its financial records pertaining to the foreign funding case.
Chief Election Commissioner Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza, while heading a five-member bench asked the PTI to comply with its orders by the next date of hearing on May 30. This was the third time the PTI did not produce the records in the case despite written orders of the ECP.
On Dec 1 last year, the ECP had also ordered the PTI to submit its accounts or face ‘legal consequences’. Instead of complying with the orders, the party accused the ECP of ‘political bias’ which led to a contempt application against Imran Khan filed by petitioner Akbar S. Babar.
On May 8 this year, the ECP once again directed the PTI to produce the records by May 17 but opposition party did not comply with the orders and instead sought adjournment on the plea that it had not received the detailed ECP order of May 8, whereby the commission decided its jurisdiction over the case.
The petitioner urged the commission to exercise its constitutional powers and order the State Bank of Pakistan to produce the bank statements and other records demanded by the petitioner.