ECP finds PTI spending exceeds other parties

Published: April 7, 2017
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PTI chairperson Imran Khan. 
PHOTO: REUTERS

PTI chairperson Imran Khan. PHOTO: REUTERS

PTI chairperson Imran Khan. 
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ISLAMABAD: Although the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is still fighting a case in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) regarding receiving foreign funding, it became evident on Thursday that it spent more money than any other political party to run party affairs during financial year 2014-2015.

Collectively, the PTI spent Rs364.2 million during financial year 2014-15 under the head of ‘party expenditures’, according to statements of assets submitted by the party with the ECP.

Article 13 of the Political Parties Order of 2002 states that every political party shall submit with the ECP within 60 days from the close of each financial year, a consolidated statement of accounts of the party duly audited by a chartered accountant.

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The statement is required under the law to include annual income and expenditure, sources of its funds and assets and liabilities.

However, political parties usually avoid submitting such details.

The break-up of expenditure by the PTI showed that Rs293 million were spent on public events, Rs12 million on legal and professional charges given to individuals and firms, Rs6.7 million on election campaign, Rs2.5 million on advertisement, Rs25 million on salaries, wages and benefits, Rs7.5 million on offices rent, Rs2.8 million on entertainment, Rs2 million on financial assistance to candidates.

PTI owns assets worth slightly more than Rs150 million and a bank balance of nearly Rs119 million.

During the same period, the PML-N spent Rs40 million to run party affairs, according to ECP data.

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PML-N’s statement stated it had assets worth Rs40.5 million, while the party’s income remained at Rs16.5 million. Its expenditures included Rs135,000 on ‘party meeting’ and Rs145,000 on ‘recreation’.

Headed by former president Asif Ali Zardari, the Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPP-P) has the largest bank balance of Rs200 million – of that Rs100 million were transferred to PPP-P by the Bilawal Bhutto-led Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) during the year.

Bilawal-led PPP had an income of Rs20 million, while the party spent Rs120 million on party affairs during 2014-15.

Sheikh Rashid-led Awami Muslim League (AML) is the poorest political party having assets worth Rs138,000.

PML-Q owns assets worth more than Rs50 million, while Jamaat-e-Islami’s (JI) assets are valued at Rs100 million. MQM holds assets worth Rs47.5 million while it collected Rs230 million in donations during 2014-15 under the head of ‘Martyr’s Fund’.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Pakistani
    Apr 7, 2017 - 8:49AM

    What kind of joke is ECP? They need to have some shame or is it simply decided that NS is KING and every institution including ECP will keep obliging him without any remorseRecommend

  • AnisAqeel
    Apr 7, 2017 - 9:18AM

    The party of angels spent more than total of their assets and income combined together and these angels do not spare a minor chance to overthrow the lawfully elected government. Shame on them and on their powerful supporters who are betraying this nation with lies and create hurdles in functioning of a legitimate government with treasonous acts. PMLN is not an angel too but are trying to improve way better than their opponents.

    “PTI owns assets worth slightly more than Rs150 million and a bank balance of nearly Rs119 million.Recommend

  • Faraz
    Apr 7, 2017 - 10:10AM

    @AnisAqeel

    “The party of angels spent more than total of their assets and income combined together “.. This is a political party, not a commercial business. Secondly, the comparison with other parties proves PTI was more transparent in their financial disclosures. You really believe PML-N spent Rs.40M in whole year?? This is not even enough to meet monthly expenditures of Raiwind palace. If they reveal their actual expenses, it will put to shame all other parties combined. Recommend

  • Truth_Prevails
    Apr 7, 2017 - 10:14AM

    1) It’s honesty in disclosing real audited expenses
    2) Using party funds and not taxpayer money

    That’s the difference between Status Quo and an honest party.Recommend

  • Truth_Prevails
    Apr 7, 2017 - 10:22AM

    @AnisAqeel:
    Calling a thief a thief and ensuring the thief is brought to justice, is not treasonous my friend. Do you know what’s a lie my friend? It’s putting the Punjab Police in new uniforms and presenting it as development / change. It’s fooling masses!!! Same wine in a new bottle!!!Recommend

  • Waqas
    Apr 7, 2017 - 10:43AM

    Pti supporters as usual trying to find good in their party’s wrong doing. Recommend

  • javed ali
    Apr 7, 2017 - 6:32PM

    How does ECP check who is lying and who is telling the truth? If they cant differentiate between the two, why bothering then.Recommend

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