ISLAMABAD: Following the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) verdict on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) prohibited funding case, the incumbent government has decided to send a declaration against the PTI to the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP).
Briefing the media after federal cabinet meeting, Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb said that after the consultation with legal time the government has decided to take action against the PTI leadership under Articles 2, 6, 15 and 17 of the Political Party Order 2002.
She said that PTI has been declared as a party receiving foreign aid, and now the government is bound to send a declaration against the PTI to the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
“This is a matter of law and order, not political rivalries. Sixteen accounts were not declared which were opened in the name of senior leadership, including Imran Khan. Money kept coming in the name of Imran Khan’s employees and was not declared, according to the verdict,” she added.
Meanwhile, the minister said that another important decision that was taken in the cabinet meeting was that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will be given the task of investigating the funding case.
“Cabinet has given instructions to the FIA and interior ministry to conduct an independent inquiry and investigation into money laundering, fake accounts and misappropriation of funds.”
Aurangzeb revealed that all the financial institutions such as the FIA and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had begun probing all the individuals involved in the crime.
“The government will take an action in the light of the Election Commission of Pakistan’s verdict and there will be an investigation as to where the funds were used,” she said, adding that “all of them would have been in jail if the verdict had come during Imran Khan’s tenure.”
The information minister highlighted that the government had nothing to do with the foreign funding case, and it was Akbar S Babar, the founding member of the PTI, who filed a petition.
“The PTI has been declared a foreign-aided party by the ECP in its decision which was issued after eight years under the Political Parties Order 2002 and the Election Act 2017,” she said.
“It has been eight years and the PTI still hasn’t provided any answers. The State Bank of Pakistan showed records in the ECP which showed that the PTI had postponed the hearing 75 times during these years,” she said, adding that the Khan-led has been declared a “foreign-funded party”.