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Islamabad: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday rejected a petition from the Pakistan Peoples Party to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement on the issuance of funds to members of parliament and declared the application inadmissible.

A three-strong ECP bench headed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa member Irshad Qaiser conducted hearing over matter of issuance of funds to women members before the Senate elections. PPP counsel Nayyar Bukhari maintained that PM Imran Khan – on March 1 in a TV program – talked about giving Rs 50 crore funds to the parliamentarians.

The ECP member from Balochistan inquired whether the statement was given regarding the Senate polls. He said the elections of the Upper House have been conducted and no funds were released. Nayyar Bukhari said multiple sections of the Election Act, 2017 were violated and making announcement is also against the law.

The lawyer argued that it violated Article 181 along with the electoral code of conduct. He added that the prime minister has been meeting with parliamentarians and expressed dissatisfaction with ECP as a punishable crime. The plaintiff asked the election committee to summon the prime minister.

The PPP petition was rejected by ECP.

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