The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has stated that the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) was not involved in any anti-state activities or terrorism, as the Supreme Court resumes the hearing on the 2017 Faizabad sit-in. The ECP also confirmed that the TLP did not receive any prohibited foreign funding. The court had requested fresh disclosures relating to the TLP’s 20-day protest, which had caused significant disruption in the twin cities. After examining reports from various agencies, the ECP concluded that the TLP was not involved in terrorism and was not banned. The ECP had requested comprehensive reports on the party’s activities from the interior ministry and the National Counter Terrorism Authority. The commission also reported that the TLP did not account for its funds and election expenses, but this was due to inadequate regulations. The ECP issued a notice to the TLP for scrutiny of its accounts, assets, and liabilities, and a committee concluded that a small amount of funds received by the party could not be considered as prohibited foreign funding. The ECP confirmed that it had followed the court’s directions and acted as a constitutional forum. Additionally, the report stated that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) had advised TV channels to comply with the regulations on coverage of the Faizabad dharna, and suspended or off-aired channels that did not comply due to concerns about the safety of security personnel.
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