ISLAMABAD: Advocate Anwar Mansoor Khan, counsel for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Monday completed his arguments in PTI’s foreign funding case.
A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Faisal Arab, heard the case.
It has been filed by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi, seeking disqualification of PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Secretary General Jehangir Tareen on non-declaration of their offshore companies in nomination papers and running party affairs through foreign funding.
During the course of proceedings, the Chief Justice, addressing the PTI counsel, asked is it right whether all the information would be available on the relevant website. Anwar Mansoor replied that information about donations lesser than a certain amount of dollars was not given on the said website.
Anwar Mansoor claimed that the law has no provision for the ECP to inquire into a party’s funds once the financial details have been submitted and after they have been audited by a chartered accountancy firm.
He also submitted the trail of the London and Islamabad properties of Imran Khan.
Anwar Mansoor Khan said that bank accounts could not even be opened without having the legal authority. The CJP remarked that as per law every political party is bound to submit its details of accounts before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
He also asked Mansoor Khan to elaborate the matter before the ECP when it comes up there.
Justice Faisal Arab asked Mansoor Khan if PTI has secured auditor’s services.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial asked Mansoor Khan if his argument is accepted then who would ask questions from the auditor.
Anwar Mansoor replied that his only contention was that just a single political party should not be selected for this procedure.
The counsel of the ECP asked Anwar Mansoor to read the report, submitted by the commission which raised objections to his submissions.