The Election Commission of Pakistan has sent a notice to the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan. Notice has been sent to Imran-led ‘Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’ (PTI) party and its own inquiry committee. In this notice, the Election Commission has asked Imran and the inquiry committee to appear before it on 22 March. At the same time, the party has been asked to clarify its stand in the matter of hiding the documents of donations received from abroad. This has been claimed in media reports.
These notices have been issued following a complaint by the disgruntled founding member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Akbar S Babar against the decision of the inquiry committee to keep the party’s documents a secret. According to a report in ‘Geo News’, a three-member Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) bench headed by Justice (retd) Irshad Kaiser heard the complaint and issued notices.
Information sought through Right to Information
According to the news, Babur’s lawyer Ahmed Hasan Shah challenged the decision of the inquiry committee to keep the accounts of the PTI a secret. They have used the right to information to get the documents. Under this law, the petitioner has the right to obtain the documents. Counsel for the petitioner said that keeping the documents secret, the inquiry committee of the ECP is violating the terms of investigation, under which it is mandatory to investigate in the presence of both the parties. He said that the committee’s order of confidentiality is illegal.
Illegal billions of rupees will be revealed as bank information becomes public: Babur
Subsequently, while speaking to reporters outside the Election Commission office of Pakistan, petitioner Babar alleged that Pakistan Prime Minister Khan feared that upon disclosure of the bank’s confidential information, the illegal disclosure of billions of rupees in PTI’s account. It is possible. Significantly, Babar had filed a case related to foreign donations in 2014 with the ECP after differences with Khan on corruption and other issues within the party.