PTI received funds from Indian, Jewish lobbies, alleges Ahsan
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ahsan Iqbal has said that election rules bar political parties from receiving funds from foreign citizens or organisations, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Monday.
Talking to the media outside the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) building in Islamabad on Monday, Ahsan alleged that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) not only received funds from Pakistanis based in foreign countries but also from Indian and Jewish lobbies, which the party concealed from the ECP.
“The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has pointed out dozens of such bank accounts which the party has not disclosed as yet,” he added.
He also accused the PTI of sending money through Hundi.
The PML-N leader said it was strange that while on one hand, the party had admitted foreign funding before the scrutiny committee, but held its agents responsible for that. “PTI will have to be held accountable for the money it has spent,” he said categorically.
Alleging that the money given by foreign donors was used to rig general elections in 2018, he asked the ECP to declare the elections null and void since now there was a question mark on their fairness.
Ahsan also hoped that the commission would not only cancel PTI’s registration but would also declare Imran Khan ineligible for holding any public office.
The PML-N leader also demanded NAB and FIA probe into the money trail of PTI’s ‘foreign funding’. “Let the biggest fraud in the country’s political history be brought to its logical end,” he demanded.
PTI leader asks PML-N, PPP to give details in foreign funding cases
Talking outside the ECP’s building on Monday, PTI leader Farrukh Habib expressed surprise that how the opposition leaders would demand verdict in PTI’s foreign funding case tomorrow (January 19) when they themselves had not disclosed sources of their funding.
He further said that PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan had told PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto very clearly that PTI’s case was not that of foreign funding.
Farrukh said PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz’s investment on Akbar S. Babar, the petitioner in PTI’s foreign funding case, would go waste.
He said that PML-N had neither submitted the identity cards nor provided any other detail to the ECP.
The PTI leader dispelled the impression that the party had also received money via benami accounts. “We brought money from abroad via banking channel,” he clarified.
Farrukh said Tuesday’s protest would yet another attempt by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leaders to get an NRO.