Pakistan's Election Commission will hear important petitions on April 22, including those seeking the disqualification of Senator Yousuf Raza Gilani and challenging a decision by the ECP panel auditing PTI's foreign funding to keep the party's financial documents secret.

During the last hearing, the ECP agreed to hear the petition requesting Mr. Gilani's disqualification.

The ECP also decided to issue notices to the former prime minister and his son Ali Haider Gilani about the video clip in which the latter is seen telling PTI MNAs how to waste a vote in the Senate election by overwriting and marking in front of the names of all candidates on the ballot and allegedly offering money and development funds.

ECP escuchará la elección de Gilani y los casos de financiamiento de PTI el 22 de abril

The commission had asked the PTI to include as respondents the names of two of its lawmakers, Jamil Ahmed and Fahim Khan, who allegedly participated in the video.

Notices issued to former PM, son for video clip scam

Advocate Amir Abbas, a lawyer for PTI's Alia Hamza, argued that the Supreme Court had ordered that the elections be conducted in a transparent and fair manner.

He said that his case was not related to the criminal aspect of bribery, as it would be dealt with separately; instead, the case was related to the transparency of the electoral process.

He further said that an application had already been submitted to the ECP before the Senate elections in this regard.

In giving arguments, lawyer Amir Abbas said that Gilani's son had acknowledged that he was in the video clip, adding that it was the duty of the ECP to prevent corrupt people from entering parliament.

He wonders if a corruption permit can be granted if the ballots are not identifiable.

“If someone accepts [their corruption] in front of all media, it is considered proof. Court decisions don't take four years [then]. When the facts have been recognized, there is no need for forensics, ”he said.

Alia Hamza then said that Fauzia Arshad of the PTI had received more votes than Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh in the Senate elections, to which Qureshi of the ECP replied that this was the beauty of democracy and the secret ballot.

However, Abbas said it was this "beauty of democracy because briefcases full of money were being moved."

Foreign financing case

On the same day, the ECP will also hear a complaint filed last month by petitioner Akbar S. Babar in the foreign funding case against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), challenging a decision of the scrutiny committee of the Electoral Commission of Pakistan to keep the party's financial documents are secret.

In the petition, Mr. Babar had attacked the February 9 scrutiny committee's order to keep documents secret, including those for more than a dozen undeclared PTI bank accounts, disclosed on instructions from the State Bank of Pakistan. (SBP).

The scrutiny committee said the documents could not be shared with the petitioner because the respondent (PTI) had objected.

In the complaint, the petitioner said that the committee was formed to scrutinize the foreign funding of the PTI in the "presence" of the petitioner / complainant and the PTI in accordance with the committee's terms of reference.

The order to keep the material that is part of the counting process secret was illegal and far exceeded the mandate of the counting committee, which should investigate and not hide the facts, he argued.

The petitioner said that without having the complete record of the counting, he could not adequately assist the counting committee to reach a credible conclusion.