After the Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision against Imran Khan, News18 decodes what happens next.

Last update: August 02, 2022, 5:24 PM IST

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said on Tuesday that Imran Khan’s party received illegal foreign funding. (File photo: Reuters)

If the Supreme Court of Pakistan bans the PTI, all its bank accounts will be frozen, offices will be sealed, and all members of parliament will lose their legislative status.

Pakistan’s Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja said on Tuesday that former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) received 34 “prohibited foreign donations”. The Election Commission issued a show cause notice to the party.

The PTI is now demanding that the foreign funding case against the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) should also be dropped as soon as possible.

Imran Khan’s party is challenging the Election Commission’s jurisdiction and will soon appeal the ECP’s decision in the Islamabad High Court (IHC). PTI will protest in front of the Election Commission office on August 4 for the resignation of the CEC.

The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has demanded that Imran Khan resign as the chairman of his party in accordance with Article 62 and 63 of the country’s constitution. Muslim League (N) lawyers are planning to approach the Supreme Court for his disqualification.

The ECP will now send a reference to the federal government, which will then go to the country’s Supreme Court and file a reference under Article 17 of the Constitution against the PTI.

After that, the Supreme Court will hold a hearing with a full bench.

PTI can also challenge the Election Commission’s order in the Supreme Court.

If the Supreme Court bans the party, all its bank accounts will be frozen, offices will be sealed, and all members of parliament will lose their status as legislators.

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