Pakistan Election Commission Finds that Former PM Khan’s Party Received Illegal Funding

Pakistan’s electoral body on Tuesday said it has found that former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s political party “Tehrik-e Insaf (PTI)” has received millions of dollars in illegal funding from foreign countries.

A three-member Election Commission bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sikander Sultan Raja announced the verdict on Tuesday in the capital city of Islamabad.

Pakistani legislation did not allow any political party to receive money from a foreign entity and, in any possible case, it would be deemed illegal.

The report that has dragged on for years, accused Khan’s political party (PTI) of receiving millions of dollars in illegal funds from at least 34 foreign countries, including the US, UAE, UK, and Australia.

Khan did not immediately react to the matter, but a spokesman from his party, Fawad Chaudhry has denied the allegation in the strongest terms.

Briefing reporters outside the office of the Election Commission of Pakistan in Islamabad, Chaudhry said that the funds were received from overseas Pakistan in a legal way, and said to “challenge this ruling.”

Khan, who ruled the country as Prime Minister from 2018 until April 2022 was forced to resign after losing a confidence vote as what he claimed was a conspiracy orchestrated by the US. Washington denounced Khan’s claim as untrue.

Since his ouster, Khan has rallied a number of demonstrators across Pakistan and called on his supporters to continue protesting until his successor, Shehbaz Sharif, agrees to a new election immediately. Sharif, however, had repeatedly rejected Khan’s demand for an early election.

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