The Election Commission made the PTI foreign funding case decision public.
The PTI received funds from unreliable sources, according to a majority decision made by the Pakistan Election Commission (ECP) on Tuesday.
The party received funds from 34 foreigners, which was prohibited by the Constitution, the ECP ruled. Money was given to the party by the US, Australia, and UAE all together.
Additionally, it claimed that the party had received funding from a well-known US businessman.
The statement added that “13 unnamed accounts also discovered during the probe in the PTI funding issue,” “The party accepted monies from a US business personality,” and “other information.”
The PTI allegedly produced a fraudulent affidavit on the party’s financial statements, according to the ECP. It went on to say that Imran Khan, the PTI chairman, had provided the ECP with a fake F1 form.
Shah Muhammad Jatoi, Nisar Ahmed Durrani, and Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja from the ECP made up the three-person panel that made the judgement.
The Commission is satisfied that the respondent party got the contributions and donations from unlawful sources, the ruling states.
Truth versus power in a battle
Following the pronouncement of the judgement, Akbar S. Babar, a founding member of the PTI who brought the lawsuit, thanked God and his late mother for aiding him in winning “this struggle.”
“We were having trouble moving a mountain. In this case, we won the battle between strength and truth.
Babar maintained that there was no profit to him personally in this circumstance; rather, Pakistan’s politics needed to change significantly so that political parties would be subject to legal oversight.
He congratulated the ECP and emphasized the need for the people to believe in and support government institutions.
The candidate remarked, “We have experienced numerous difficulties over the last eight years, but this specific electoral commission has accepted all of my arguments.
The ECP agreed that Imran’s certifications and the PTI’s funds originated from foreigners and businesses, according to Babar, who reaffirmed the judgment made by the electoral body.
He claimed Imran Khan “used to threaten PTI, would criticize the president of the election commission, and would attack people personally” and invoked the term “fascist.”
He claimed that the ECP’s decision was a step toward eliminating the PTI’s “fascist.”
Not in this situation, foreign money
The PTI has argued that “this was not a foreign fundraising case, this was a matter regarding prohibited money,” according to party leader Farrukh Habib.
He went on to remark that individuals who promoted the idea that the case was about “foreign money” were extremely dissatisfied that the PTI wasn’t banned today instead of receiving a show-cause notice.
He concluded by saying, “We’ll suitably respond to the notice.”
After Habib, Maleeka Bokhari declared in a television interview that the media’s current criticism of the PTI and the PDM coalition parties had “lost hope.”
She claimed that although the PTI was not the type of party to take foreign donations, “propaganda” had been circulated for years against it.
Committees of investigation were set up in 2018 to investigate PTI finances, but according to Bokhari, their results were never made public because they provided no proof against the party. She claimed that the “largest democratic party” in Pakistan was being cornered by a constitutional institution.
She alleged that Benazir Bhutto had stated that the PML-N overthrew her administration using money from Osama Bin Laden, and she requested that PDM leaders divulge their bank account details. She also questioned whether the JUI-F had gotten cash from Libya’s Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.
Even though everything should have been done properly, it is regrettable that these parties are unable to constitutionally and legally compete with the PTI.
PTI’s Fawad Chaudhry thanked everyone who had taken part in the eight-year court battle.
“In Pakistan, only the PTI runs successful public fundraising efforts. This is something that no other political party does. According to the previous information minister
The PTI had raised roughly Rs. 3–4 billion, the most of which came from Pakistanis residing outside of Pakistan, he asserted, and the lawsuit related to fundraising from 2008 to 2013.
He replied, “I don’t understand why PML-N, PPP, and JUI have made overseas Pakistanis their adversary when we consider them the backbone of our economy,” and adding that the party would still rely on them for funding when questioned about this.
Donations from “prohibited sources”
“Prohibited sources” donations
S No Donors Amount
1 Funds transferred from UAE-based company (Wootton Cricket Limited) $2,151,500
2 Bristol engineering services FZ LLC Dubai $49,965
3 E planet Trustees $100,000
4 SS Marketing $1,741
5 Funds collected through LLC-5975 donations and contributions and transmitted to PTI
6 PTI Canada Corporation #4451121 $279,822
7 Mrs Romita Shetty (Singapore) $13,750
8 Funds collected through LLC-6160 donations and contributions and transmitted to PTI $549,000
9 Dunpec Pty Ltd, Australia Rs504,250
10 Anwar Brothers Rs78,000
11 Zain Cotton Ptv Ltd Rs10,000
12 M/s Young Sports Rs97,500
13 Amount received in 13 accounts (11 unknown, 2 not pertain) as per PTI during 2008-2013 Rs215,787,718
14 PTI Canada Corporation #4451121 (Pak rupees) Rs3,581,186
Total rupees Rs215,787,718
15 PTI UK Reg#07381036 £792,265
The ECP order’s main points
1) Wootton Cricket Limited, a Cayman Islands-registered business operated and owned by business mogul Arif Masood Naqvi, the owner of the Abraaj Group, made gifts to PTI Pakistan with knowledge and intent. The respondent party was a willing beneficiary of $2,121,500 in unlawful funds.
2) PTI Pakistan knowingly and willingly took donations of US $ 49,965 from Bristol Engineering Services, an organization having its headquarters in the United Arab Emirates, into its accounts in Pakistan, in contravention of Pakistani law.
SS Marketing, Manchester, a Pvt Firm with headquarters in the UK, and E-Planet Trustees, a Cayman island Pvt registered company trust with headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, provided gifts to PTI Pakistan knowingly and willfully. A total of US $ 101,741 was moved from both entities into its accounts in Pakistan, which are prohibited and against Pakistani law.
4) Through PTI USA LLC-6160 and PTI USA LLC-5975, PTI Pakistan knowingly and willingly accepted donations totaling US$2,525,500. PTI Pakistan broke Pakistani law when it accepted the funds from both businesses and transferred them into its accounts.
5) PTI Pakistan received contributions from PTI Canada Corporation and PTI UK Public Ltd entities totaling US$ 279,822 and GBP 792,265 respectively. PTI Canada Corporation also donated PKR 3,581,186 to PTI Pakistan. The donations that PTI Pakistan received from both companies were prohibited and against the law in Pakistan.
6) The Australian company Dunpec Pty Ltd and the Pakistani companies Anwar Brothers, Zain Cotton, and Young Sports, who donated a total of PKR 689, 750 to PTI Pakistan, did so knowingly and intentionally. PTI Pakistan got money from both businesses, which it then deposited into its accounts, in violation of the law.
7) PTI USA LLC-6160 and PTI USA LLC-5975 ran fundraising initiatives to raise money for PTI Pakistan, which resulted in donations from 34 foreign nationals and 351 foreign-based businesses. It is illegal and against Pakistani law for foreign nationals to solicit gifts or contributions from other countries’ citizens and businesses.
8) PTI It has also come to light that Ms. Romita Shetty, an Indian-American businesswoman with a presence in the US, has donated money to Pakistan. The amount of US$13,750 that Romita Shetty donated falls under the prohibition on donations from foreign nationals and is a breach of Pakistani law.
9) PTI confirmed ownership of only eight (08) accounts in its submission to the commission, while claiming that 13 accounts fell under the category of “unknown accounts” and were not PTI accounts. According to information gleaned from SBP, senior PTI administration and leadership at the Central and Provincial levels opened and handled each of the 13 accounts PTI repudiated. Three more accounts that were also managed by the party’s high leadership in this regard were not mentioned or disclosed by PTI. By neglecting to disclose and/or hide 16 bank accounts, the PTI leadership made a severe reporting error and broke Article 17(3) of the Pakistani Constitution.
10) The Form-I presented by the chairman of PTI for the financial years 2008-09 to 2012-13 (Five Years) was found to be outrageously wrong based on the financial accounts this Commission got from SBP and other publicly available information.
Given the material in the public record and the debate above, it follows that the issue is covered by Article 6(3) of the PPO, 2002. The Commission therefore orders that a notice detailing the reasons why the aforementioned banned monies may not be seized be delivered to the Respondent party in accordance with Rule 6 of PPR 2002. The office is also entrusted with initiating any subsequent legal actions in accordance with this Commission directive.
There was a rise in demand for the pronouncement of the verdict in this important case after an explosive Financial Times piece that revealed the PTI’s financial sources.
When the electoral commission eventually announced the verdict on June 21 of this year, after keeping it on hold for a record-breaking eight years, it was a unique case in the history of the country. The petition was delivered in November 2014 by former information secretary and PTI founding member Akbar S. Babar.