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PTI to file judicial reference in opposition to Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja

Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja (L) and PTI Chief Imran Khan. — ECP/AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: PTI on Saturday determined to file a judicial reference in opposition to Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, sources knowledgeable Geo Information

The choice got here after a high-level assembly, chaired by get together chief Imran Khan, was held.

Through the assembly, Khan directed PTI’s authorized specialists to start out making ready a reference in opposition to Raja, after the leaders reviewed the coalition authorities’s latest assembly held with the CEC and different members of the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP).

Following repeated calls for calling for the CEC’s resignation, Khan and his get together leaders have additionally requested for the ECP to be reconstituted earlier than the following basic elections.

Sources state that individuals on the assembly mentioned ECP’s function with regard to PTI’s international funding case. The get together has additionally determined that provincial governments would additionally take motion in opposition to the election fee, and that two provincial assemblies — in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa — would cross no-trust motions in opposition to the ECP.

The high-level assembly came about following the criticism obtained by Khan and the PTI as a result of a Monetary Instances report, which revealed how businessman Arif Naqvi’s Cayman Island firm, Wootton Cricket Ltd, disbursed funds — of international origin — to Khan’s get together.

The get together has denied claims to have obtained international funds. As a substitute, it said that the funds donated to PTI by Abroad Pakistanis. The federal government, nonetheless, is persistently demanding the ECP to announce the decision within the PTI’s international funding case — which was filed in 2014 – on the earliest.

In the meantime, a delegation of representatives of the ruling coalition on Friday met the chief election commissioner and 4 members of the ECP — simply hours after the FT report was revealed.

The delegation urged ECP’s officers to announce the PTI international funding case verdict early, including that it was the folks’s proper to know from whose brokers the get together had been taking cash for politics.

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