The choice might result in a ban on Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) get together, which rose to prominence on an anti-corruption drive.
Khan, who analysts say had fallen out with navy powers over the appointment of a spy chief within the run as much as his ouster earlier this yr, was not instantly out there for remark. A spokesman for the PTI get together denied any wrongdoing.
The fee’s ruling is a serious setback for the previous cricket star who has been main a marketing campaign towards the brand new authorities.
The case, filed in 2014 by Akbar S. Khan, a PTI founding member, accused the get together of receiving unlawful funds from overseas.
“The fee is happy that the contributions and donations have been acquired by the respondent get together from prohibited sources,” the ruling, which has been seen by Reuters, stated.
The fee stated the get together additionally hid 13 accounts, including that the declaration submitted to the fee in regards to the get together funds by Khan as its chairman from 2008 to 2013 have been “discovered to be grossly inaccurate.”
It stated the PTI acquired funds from totally different folks and corporations overseas, together with enterprise tycoon Arif Naqvi, proprietor of a Dubai-based fairness group, who’s amongst a number of folks charged by U.S. prosecutors with being a part of a global scheme to defraud buyers, together with the Invoice & Melinda Gates Basis.
Naqvi has denied the costs.
The fee stated the get together was “keen recipient of prohibited cash” amounting to $2.1 million from Naqvi’s Wootton Cricket Restricted, which is registered within the Cayman Islands.
It additionally recognized a number of different overseas accounts in the US, Britain, Australia, UAE, Canada, Switzerland and different nations, which made transaction to Khan’s get together accounts.
The election fee ruling has been referred to the Pakistan authorities, which might search a Supreme Courtroom ban on Khan and his get together from politics, in response to authorized consultants. The courtroom ordered the fee in 2017 to scrutinise the get together’s accounts.
“We’ll problem this ruling,” Khan’s get together spokesman, Fawad Chaudhry, instructed reporters. He stated the funds have been acquired from Pakistani nationals residing abroad, which isn’t unlawful.
Since then, he has been rallying his supporters to press his demand for a brand new election. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has rejected that demand.
“It’s a clear case of fraud,” stated Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, chief of Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League get together.