Government Can’t Ban Imran Khan and PTI: Fawad Chaudhry

Fawad Chaudhry, senior vice president of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), said on Wednesday that the coalition government cannot ban Imran Khan and his party, pointing out what he claimed were significant errors and gaps in the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) ruling in the case of prohibited funding against his party.

He claimed that the federal government had lost the confidence of its allies and that a vote of confidence would soon be requested.

The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja, after meeting with leaders of the Pakistan Democratic Movement, announced a reserved verdict in the PTI forbidden funding case, according to the former minister, who was speaking at a press conference. He claimed that the Law Minister, Azam Nazeer Tarar, asked for the announcement of the “illegal and unconstitutional” judgement.

The PTI has received millions of dollars from 351 international businesses and 34 foreign nationals, according to a ruling by the ECP on Tuesday. The ECP then demanded an explanation as to why the illegal donations should not be forfeited.

Mr. Chaudhry asserted that the ECP’s website verdict was different from the one given to the party and the media and that the commission lacked the legal authority to submit the case to the federal government because the PTI had already filed a complaint against the CEC.

He added that the government cannot prohibit any political party and that the party would challenge the ECP’s decision, which he claimed was against the law and the Constitution. He cited “flaws” in the decision, claiming that a number of residents and dual citizens had been misidentified as foreigners.

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