The choice may result in a ban on Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) celebration, 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 obtainable for remark. A spokesman for the PTI celebration denied any wrongdoing.
The fee’s ruling is a serious setback for the previous cricket star who has been main a marketing campaign in opposition to the brand new authorities.
The case, filed in 2014 by Akbar S. Khan, a PTI founding member, accused the celebration of receiving unlawful funds from overseas.
“The commission is satisfied that the contributions and donations have been received by the respondent party from prohibited sources,” the ruling, which has been seen by Reuters, mentioned.
The fee mentioned the celebration additionally hid 13 accounts, including that the declaration submitted to the fee concerning the celebration funds by Khan as its chairman from 2008 to 2013 had been “found to be grossly inaccurate.”
It mentioned the PTI obtained funds from completely different individuals and firms overseas, together with enterprise tycoon Arif Naqvi, proprietor of a Dubai-based fairness group, who’s amongst a number of individuals charged by U.S. prosecutors with being a part of a world scheme to defraud buyers, together with the Invoice & Melinda Gates Basis.
Naqvi has denied the fees.
The fee mentioned the celebration was “willing recipient of prohibited money” 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 international accounts in the US, Britain, Australia, UAE, Canada, Switzerland and different international locations, which made transaction to Khan’s celebration accounts.
The election fee ruling has been referred to the Pakistan authorities, which may search a Supreme Court docket ban on Khan and his celebration from politics, based on authorized consultants. The court docket ordered the fee in 2017 to scrutinise the celebration’s accounts.
“We will challenge this ruling,” Khan’s celebration spokesman, Fawad Chaudhry, advised reporters. He mentioned the funds had been obtained from Pakistani nationals dwelling 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 is a clear case of fraud,” mentioned Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, chief of Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League celebration.