ECP directs scrutiny body to submit progress report till 28th

Foreign funding case against PML-N, PPP

 

ISLAMABAD   –  The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has asked the scrutiny committee in the foreign funding case against Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) to submit progress report by April 28.

ECP has constituted a three-member committee to scrutinise the funds of PML-N and PPP. The last hearing of the committee was held on December 10, 2021 in which a petition for adjournment of the case was received from the counsel for the petitioner due to which the proceedings could not be held.

Meanwhile, one member of the committee got retired in December 2021. The ECP requested the Auditor General’s office to send a panel to nominate a new member in order to maintain transparency and impartiality in the scrutiny process.

In response, the names of three members were nominated by the Auditor General, out of which the Election Commission added one member to the committee and notified the new committee on March 15. After Notification of the committee, the Chairman of the Committee called an internal meeting of the scrutiny committee and informed the new member of the committee about the terms of references (TORs) and handed over the relevant documents.

Later on the committee then summoned the petitioner and PPPP, PPP and PML-N on April 1 and after the hearing sought some records from them and adjourned the hearing till May 9.

It is pertinent to mention here that PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi demanded from the ECP to conduct the inquiry of the scrutiny committee against PML-N and PPP on daily basis.

“We are present in the commission but what will happen to other political parties. Other political parties should also be summoned”, said Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

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