ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) has filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) challenging the order of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) that it had jurisdiction to hear a complaint filed by a person against the party.
PTI Central Secretary Finance Sardar Azhar Tariq yesterday stated that PTI has filed a constitutional petition in IHC challenging the order passed by the ECP. "PTI is aggrieved by the unilateral decision given by ECP," he said. The order passed by the commission, he said does not give any grounds or cogent reasons for coming to its decision, that it has jurisdiction to hear a complaint filed by a person.
A disgruntled leader of PTI Akbar S Babar had filed a compliant before ECP to take action about the alleged misappropriations in party's accounts. "The case came up before a Division Bench of the Islamabad High Court where, the counsel for PTI argued that the Political Order 2002, does not provide for, any person to move an application / complaint before the Election Commission.
The law also does not provide the placement of facts by some other person, except that, the Election Commission could only look into the audited accounts, and had no power of investigation, and that too, at the time of filing the same," PTI said.
The ECP had after initial scrutiny, published a record but did not call for any objection thereto, he said, adding that it was a past and closed transaction and could not be re-opened on application of some other person.
The court after hearing observed that the contention made by the counsel of PTI required consideration and issued notice to the ECP for the filing of their comments and fixed the case for hearing on the 30th of this month.