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Pakistan: Shehbaz ‘alarmed’ over delay in PTI funding case verdict

He demanded that the ECP not only announce the decision in the case but also take action against the party.

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Islamabad: Irked by what he called the alleged pampering of PTI chairman Imran Khan, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif voiced alarm over the delay in the announcement of the verdict in the prohibited funding case against PTI, Dawn reported on Friday.

“(The) foreign funding case is an example of how ‘Ladla’ is being protected, in an apparent reference to Imran Khan. While NS (Nawaz Sharif) was convicted for not taking a salary, ‘Ladla’ is untouchable. 8 years on, the decision is still elusive. Imran Niazi filed 9 writ petitions in IHC & got 50 adjournments in the FF case,” the PM tweeted.

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The tweet came two days after Shehbaz Sharif urged the Election Com­mission of Pakistan (ECP) to announce the “long-delayed” judgment. “For long has Imran Niazi been given a free pass despite his repeated and shameless atta­cks on state institutions. Impunity given to him has hurt the country,” he said.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah also called upon the ECP for an early decision in the prohibited funding case.

He alleged that it had been proved PTI had received funding from about 350 foreigners and foreign companies, including Indian and Israeli firms to the tune of $750 million in PTI accounts, opened in the names of its members Amir Kiyani, Dr. Humayun, and others, who should be arrested for being involved in money laundering.

He demanded that the ECP not only announce the decision in the case but also take action against the party.

The minister alleged that during the last eight years, PTI had been using delaying tactics to prevent the case from reaching a logical conclusion.

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