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ECP rejects PTI’s request to postpone hearing of foreign funding case


ISLAMABAD: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja on Wednesday rejected the request of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawyer to postpone hearing of foreign funding case against the party. CEC said that Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will not let the case to be delayed anymore.

When questioning PTI lawyers, the CEC said you committed to submit a balance sheet of funds, adding that we are ready to hear, but PTI has been challenging the funds.

ECP chief further questioned that how much time your financial expert wants to submit the balance sheet? Replying on the question, PTI lawyer Anwar Mansoor said that the case in ECP is affecting the case of Islamabad High Court (IHC) and till the verdict of IHC, ECP must postpone the process of scrutiny.

On PTI lawyer’s arguments, CEC said that ECP and IHC work on different grounds and the case is already delayed which is also picturing a bad image of PTI internationally.

Anwar Mansoor said that he will let ECP know after consulting with PTI’s financial expert that how much time they want to submit their reply. On which CEC said that this a work of 5 minutes and we remember your record verbally. While CEC directed the PTI lawyer to inform tomorrow (Thursday) that how much time they want to complete their arguments.

The ECP chief postponed the hearing date until Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

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