ISLAMABAD: A larger bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday requested written submissions from PTI’s lawyer on a petition challenging the show cause notice of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in a case of financing prohibited.
The court also instructed the lawyer to share the copy of the arguments with Akber S Baber, the plaintiff in a prohibited finance case. The largest bench headed by Judge Aamer Farooq and comprising Judge Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Judge Baber Sattar heard the case.
At the start of the hearing, PTI lawyer Anwar Mansoor said depositing money into accounts had been declared as prohibited funding. The said amount was collected abroad and sent to Pakistan, he added, indicating what is wrong if the company concerned itself admitted that this money was only sent by them.
Counsel took the position that as per procedure after review of any party’s accounts, a justification was used to be served and then a final decision was made. But in this case, the ECP declared this opinion as the final verdict and proclaimed the PTI as foreign-funded, he said.
The attorney also referred to a highest court verdict and US law and asked how his party could be said to be foreign-funded. However, he admitted that the ECP had the authority to collect the relevant data. The court asked the head of the PTI to do paper work and submit written arguments at the next hearing. The rehearing of the case was then adjourned until November 22.