Foreign funding case verdicts will be taken on merit, states ECP

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan has categorically stated that decisions in the foreign funding case will be taken on merit without any fear and pressure.
In a statement on Thursday, the ECP said the scrutiny committee will present its comprehensive recommendation to the commission after taking stock of all the aspects. It said that the commission will provide these recommendations to the parties during the open hearing. After hearing points of all the parties, the commission will soon deliver its judgement in the case on merit.
Earlier on Tuesday, responding to a protest demonstration organised by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) outside its office, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said that the election body is fully aware of its constitutional responsibilities.
“We are committed to fulfilling our responsibilities without succumbing to any pressures,” the ECP said in a handout as opposition parties gathered outside its Islamabad office to protest against a delay in the investigations of the foreign funding case against the ruling party.
It said that the Election Commission is ready to hold free and fair polls at any time. The Election Commission further rejected the allegations of slow progress in the foreign funding case and said that it has made considerable progress in the case. “We have further directed the scrutiny committee to hold its proceedings into the case thrice in a week,” the handout read. – TLTP

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