THE much-discussed seven-year-old foreign funding case reached a major milestone about a month ago when the scrutiny committee constituted by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) submitted its report. It had been tasked, among other things, to “conduct scrutiny of the financial statements and …. accounting records of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for … 2009 to 2013 for finding out the defects and omissions in the disclosure of funds and their sources, received from abroad”. The committee was formed in March 2018, after a former PTI central information secretary approached the ECP to probe what he termed as “internal mismanagement, misuse of party funds … and failure of the party leadership to account for the source of its funds in accordance with Political Parties Order 2002 …”. It was originally given one month to complete the assigned task. The deadline was later extended by another month but the three-member committee consisting of an ECP director general and two other officials took 44 months to submit its report.
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