PM Imran calls for open hearing of foreign funding case

Launches 3G, 4G internet in South Waziristan after security clearance

By: News Desk      Published: 02:29 PM, 20 Jan, 2021
PM Imran calls for open hearing of foreign funding case

Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for the open hearing of the foreign funding case in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Talking informally to reporters during his visit to South Waziristan District on Wednesday, Imran Khan maintained “Only the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has done the political fundraising. Heads of the parties should be present during the case hearing and I have no objection if it is shown live on the television.”

The prime minister further said “These (opposition) parties and I know what foreign funding is. A number of countries gave funds to these parties. I cannot name those countries because of the relations.”

The prime minister’s response came a day after scathing criticism and speeches made by the 11-party opposition alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement during a protest demonstration in front of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) office in Islamabad.

The PDM leaders claimed that the PTI got funding from Israel and Indian citizens and the ECP should announce the verdict in this case that has been pending for over seven years.

Responding to the allegations against his party, Imran Khan told reporters on Wednesday that political fundraising was done only by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and the country is being run on the remittances sent by overseas Pakistanis.

“I took funding in the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital from overseas Pakistanis and I know about the foreign funding,” Imran said.

The Prime Minister said JUI-F supremo Maulana Fazlur Rehman should answer about the properties worth billions of rupees. “Many countries have provided funds to Maulana Fazlur Rehman but I won’t name those countries because we have relations with them.”

The PM said Maulana Fazl is using seminary students to blackmail the government.

Internet service

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan launched 3G and 4G internet service availability in South Waziristan District after clearance from security institutions.

During his visit to South Waziristan, Imran Khan performed groundbreaking of various development projects including extension project of Cadet College Wana. The Prime Minister also inaugurated a hospital at Mola Khan Sarai.

In Wana, the Prime Minister also met with the tribal notables and distributed cheques among the successful applicants of Kamyab Jawan Loan Scheme and Youth Internship Scheme. Imran Khan also distributed cheques among the deserving families under Ehsaas Kafalat programme.

Addressing the ceremony, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, “The erstwhile FATA’s merger into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was the most difficult part. I want to pay homage to the people of Waziristan for putting their efforts towards a return to normal life.” 

“Majority of the demands of the people of Waziristan are legitimate and the Governor and Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will make decisions after consultations including establishing Wana as a district instead of going to the Tank district,” he further added.

Imran Khan also announced the opening of 3G and 4G internet technology in Waziristan on which participants of the rally chanted slogans in favour of Imran Khan

The Prime Minister said, “I talked to security agencies, Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa and DG ISI General Faiz Hameed about the opening of 3G and 4G internet in Waziristan and about its possible usage by the enemies as well. But we decided to provide the internet.”

The government is focusing on providing Ehsaas Kafalat Programme, olive oil production revolution, and education scholarships and uplifting the lives of the tribal people, he added.

‘Jirga’ has been renamed as Alternative Dispute Resolutions keeping in view the respect of elders in the tribal values, the Prime Minister said. 

“Waziristan people fought against British rule and tribal people fought against atrocities in Kashmir. The tribal people were all ready to go to Punjab to shun bloodshed,” Imran Khan said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan also laid the foundation stone for the expansion project of Cadet College Wana and distribute cheques among tribesmen under Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government’s flagship Ehsas Kifalat Programme.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Governor Khyber Pakthunkhwa Shah Farman, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, Federal Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan Affairs, Ali Amin Ghandapur, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Political Communications, Dr Shahbiz Gill, Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Youth Affairs Usman Dar, provincial ministers and advisors of the KP Government.

The Prime Minister was also given a detailed briefing on a digital survey of the Ehsaas programme extended to merged areas during his visit.