The ruling on the PTI “foreign funding” case has been “long-delayed,” according to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who on Tuesday urged the Election Commission of Pakistan to make it public.
“For long has Imran Niazi been given a free pass despite his repeated and shameless attacks on state institutions. Impunity given to him has hurt the country,” said the premier.
I urge the Election Commission of Pakistan to announce long-delayed judgment on PTI foreign funding case. For long has Imran Niazi been given a free pass despite his repeated & shameless attacks on state institutions. Impunity given to him has hurt the country.
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 19, 2022
His remarks follow the PTI’s humiliation in the by-elections held on Sunday in 20 constituencies around Punjab.
Unofficial results indicated that PTI won on 15 seats while PML-N won just four.
After Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sultan Raja’s hearing on June 21, the ECP reserved the decision on the case.
Following the end of a briefing by the financial expert consulted by PTI founding member Akbar S. Babar, the decision was reserved.
Babar has asserted serious financial violations within the party, including money from sources outside of Pakistan.
After seven years of litigation that began in 2014 when Babar launched the complaint, ECP brought an end to it. The verdict’s announcement date has not yet been made public.