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ECP rules out open hearing of foreign funding case

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has ruled out the public hearing of the foreign funding case and directed its scrutiny committee to continue its proceedings against the ruling PTI for the completion of investigation.

A day earlier, petitioner Akbar S Babar had expressed his lack of confidence in the scrutiny committee over its method of investigation on the “unverified documents” submitted by the ruling party.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan had also put up a robust defence of his party saying that the proceedings of the case should be broadcast live.

Commenting on the funding to the opposition parties, the premier repeated his earlier statement saying several countries had been financing them but he could not take their name because of diplomatic niceties.

“There should be an open hearing of the foreign funding case and it should be shown live on TV and the party leaders should also sit and hear the case. This case [proceedings] will let the whole nation know who raised the money properly in this country,” he said.

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