Sanaullah says govt bound to make declaration of dissolution against foreign-aided party n Imran Khan exposed in foreign funding case: PPP.

ISLAMABAD    -    The federal govern­ment on Tuesday hint­ed that it would notify a declaration of disso­lution against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to be sent to the Supreme Court for a final verdict after carefully examin­ing the decision of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in the prohibited funding case against the party.

“The decision has proved that PTI is a foreign- aided politi­cal party as the entire evidence is now avail­able,” Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan said while addressing a press conference here, hours after the Elec­tion Commission of Pa­kistan (ECP) in its deci­sion declared that PTI received prohibited funding.

Terming it a historic decision by the Commission, the interi­or minister said that it has now proved that PTI chairman Imran Khan was a liar and dishonest as he has made concealment and mis-declaration about party ac­counts. Flanked by Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar, he alleged that PTI chief “collected money in the name of charity and used the same for political purposes.”

Referring to the Political Par­ties Order 2002 and the Elec­tions Act 2017, he said that both the laws explicitly explain if any party gets funds from for­eign nationals, it would be de­clared as foreign-aided political party. He said that the decision says that PTI not only got funds from 34 foreign nationals and 351 foreign-based companies, but also these nationals be­longed to enemy countries like India and Israel.

“Where the federal govern­ment is satisfied on the basis of a reference from the Commis­sion or information received from any other source that a political party is a foreign-aid­ed political party or has been formed or is operating in a man­ner prejudicial to the sovereign­ty or integrity of Pakistan or is indulging in terrorism, the gov­ernment shall, by a notifica­tion in the official Gazette, make such declaration,” says the Sec­tion 212 of Elections Act 2017, which deals with the dissolu­tion of a political party.

Quoting this section, Rana Sanaullah said that the govern­ment was bound to make a dec­laration of dissolution against the foreign-aided party. He said the government would imple­ment the ECP decision.

Explaining the procedure, he said that the government shall, by a notification in the official Gazette, make such a declara­tion within 15 days that will be sent to SC. If the apex court upholds the declaration made against the political party, the political party shall stand dis­solved forthwith, he said while reading out the relevant section of the law.

The interior minister said that the government has to act on the ECP’s decision under the law. “This is the test for the gov­ernment and we will remain successful in it,” he said. He also said that this was also a test for the judiciary. “This is altogether a dacoity,” he said, adding that ex-premier Khan should be dis­qualified for life on charges of mis-declaration.

He demanded that Khan should immediately resign from party leadership besides apol­ogising to the nation following this decision. “Today, a constitu­tional institution declared Im­ran Khan a thief,” he said.

The minister paid tributes to three members of ECP bench headed by Chief Election Com­missioner (CEC) Sikandar Sul­tan Raja for their landmark decision. The ECP, despite con­tinuous baseless allegations of PTI, showed courage and pa­tience and decided the case on merit, he said.

He said the PTI tried its best to defer the case on one pretext or the other for the last eight years. However, the ECP investigation unearthed all facts before the nation, he added.

Addressing media persons, Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar said that ex-premier Khan has lost any reason or logic to do politics as the laws were very clear in the light of the ECP deci­sion. “The aspiration of the law is that either you evict yourself from the mainstream and apol­ogise to the nation or you will have to face the law,” he said while addressing Khan.

The law minister underlined that the ministries of parlia­mentary affairs, law and interi­or would examine every word of the decision of the Commis­sion and a briefing would be prepared for the cabinet. “The law shall take its course,” he said. The law says that the fed­eral government shall notify the party as foreign-funded party on the basis of the ECP’s deci­sion and send a reference to the Supreme Court, he stressed.

Earlier, both the ministers prayed for the departed souls of those armed forces person­nel who were martyred in a he­licopter crash.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) yesterday said that former prime minister Imran Khan had been exposed in the ‘for­eign funding’ case. Speaking at a joint news conference here, PPP leaders Shazia Marri and Faisal Karim Kundi said that the legal action would be pur­sued followed by the judgment of Election Commission of Paki­stan (ECP), proving “financial crimes” committed by the Paki­stan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

Earlier, the ECP announced verdict in prohibited funding case against the PTI. In its unan­imous verdict, the ECP ruled that the party received funds from business tycoon Arif Naqvi and from 34 foreign nationals. It went on to say that the par­ty had taken ownership of eight accounts and kept 16 hidden.

Unknown accounts have also come to light, said the ECP in its verdict, adding that hiding ac­counts is a “violation” of Article 17 of the Constitution.

The electoral watchdog also decided to issue a show-cause notice to the PTI to explain why the Commission should not seize the funds it had received.

The Commission also said that PTI chief Imran Khan had sub­mitted a “mis-declaration” with the Commission. PPP leader Shazia Marri and Faisal Karim Kundi said Imran Khan was preaching honesty and was himself involved in corruption.

Shazia Marri, who is also the Federal Minister for Pover­ty Alleviation and Social Safe­ty, said that the founding mem­ber of PTI, Akbar S Babar who had filed prohibited funding case against his own party pur­sued this case with great com­mitment and in an inspiration­al way. She regretted that still PTI leaders were defending their crimes following the ECP’s judgment which is shameful. She said that Imran Khan, as­suming that this decision would be against him, started blaming other political parties of receiv­ing foreign funding.

“PTI must come forward with proofs if Pakistan People’s Par­ty or Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) has received foreign funding,” she said, adding, ECP’s judgment has proved that Imran Khan has been running his party affairs through prohibited fund­ing. On what agenda, she ques­tioned, was “Imran Khan work­ing within Pakistan through this funding. It is clearly stated that from which sources the po­litical parties cannot get fund­ing. ECP’s decision has proved that Imran Khan is a liar and not `Sadiq and Ameen’ (the truthful and the honest) anymore. The PTI is a party of divide not jus­tice,” she added.

Marri alleged Imran Khan submitted false affidavits be­fore the ECP and delayed the decision for the last eight years through writ petitions