ISLAMABAD: After the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) declared the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) guilty of receiving “prohibited funds”, a donor Beenish Faridi expressed concerns over the “outrageous” verdict on Wednesday.
Faridi who claims to have donated funds to the party ahead of the 2013 elections into PTI’s online official account, in a video message said she saw her name in a list circulating on social media, where it was included in the list of foreign donors.
Contrary to the claim, the PTI supporter said she was a “patriotic Pakistani” living in the UK for the past 20 to 22 years.
“I am Pakistani, I was born in Pakistan [….] we feel Pakistan’s pain, we love Pakistan,” she said.
Urging the ECP not to “declare patriotic Pakistanis as foreigners”, Faridi added that “we possess the right to legal action against the ECP.”
Meanwhile, PTI senior leader Fawad Chaudhry offered an explanation for the 16 party accounts that the electoral watchdog’s verdict yesterday termed as illegal and undeclared.
In a press conference, Chaudhry said that “subsidiary accounts were opened under party leaders’ names” ahead of elections and were therefore “declared”.
“The accounting formula – that accountants follow, is that they don’t do double counting,” he said, claiming that the 16 accounts were, in fact, subsidiary and had they been included in then, “it would double the count”.
“The amount that comes into the main account is declared,” he explained, “accountants don’t count the amount in subsidiary accounts”.
On Tuesday, the ECP had announced its ruling in the long-awaited, cliffhanger case of the PTI’s prohibited funding and ruled that the party did indeed receive illegal funding while issuing a notice to the party asking why the funds should not be confiscated.
A three-member ECP bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja had announced the verdict in a case filed by PTI founding member Akbar S Babar, which had been pending since November 14, 2014.
In its written order, the ECP had said the political party received millions of dollars in illegal funds from foreign countries, including the United States, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, and Australia.