Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has gone useless and defunct, says Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry on Tuesday heading a three-member bench hearing electoral reforms and control on expenditures during elections. According to a private television channel, counsel of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Faroogh Naseem began proceedings with his arguments. The Chief Justice Chaudhry asked him if candidates are given party tickets free of cost or in return for fee. Faroogh replied his party declares ineligible the ones who take tickets in return for money, adding funds are allotted voluntarily in his party. Justice Tariq Pervez remarked the funds do not go to the party; instead, they stream directly to the party chiefs. The Chief Justice Chaudhry remarked the impression should be dispelled that the party tickets are elicited by giving heavy donations. The MQM’s counsel said the other parties give their tickets against heavy donations worth millions of rupees; however, this is not the case in Muttahida. The Chief Justice Chaudhry stressed a smuggler can buy the entire country if he wishes so, adding the ECP never rose to probe the excess expenditures undertaken by the political parties during the elections. The ECP’s Director General Syed Sher Afghan Khan told the court that the large political parties misstate their assets to the Election Commission. The Chief Justice Chaudhry said if the ECP cannot scrutinize the assets details of the political parties, then, political parties should send their account statements to the post office.