LAHORE   -  Reform proposals on better imple­mentation of existing legal provi­sions regulating role of money in politics and improving legal flaws in the system of political finance were discussed at the Consultative Forum organized by PILDAT in collabora­tion with the UNDP on the subject of Political Finance in Lahore here on Tuesday.Consultaive session was well attended by members from Ac­ademia, civil society and politics. 

Speakers at the Consultative Fo­rum included Ahmed Bilal Mehboob, President PILDAT, Mr. Ali Al-Bayati, Chief Technical Advisor UNDP, Mr. Masood Akhtar Sherwanee, Direc­tor General Political Finance, ECP, Aasiya Riaz, Joint Director, PILDAT, moderated the discussion. 

Political party representatives who joined the discussion forum included Mr. Mohsin Leghari, MPA and Finance Minister Punjab (PTI), Mr. Aslam Ghauri, Information Sec­retary JUI and Mr. Farid Ahmed Pi­racha, Naib Amir of the JI.

In his welcome remarks, Mr. Ali Al-Bayati said UNDP facilitates political actors and stakeholders to develop a common ground on policy reforms by providing a platform such as this consultative forum. He said that legal framework and implementation of political finance is a very important and sensitive issue not just for Paki­stan but also for every democracy. 

Presenting the context behind subject of the forum, Mr. Ahmed Bilal Mehboob said ECP order of Au­gust 2 regarding ‘Prohibited Fund­ing’ 8 year-long case has generated debate and raised questions about the system of political finance in Pakistan. Similar cases are pending before the ECP about funding of the PML-N and the PPP also, he said.