ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties said on Wednesday that the Pakistan Election Commission (ECP) review report revealed the corrupt face of the PTI government.
PML-N chairman Shehbaz Sharif said the review panel’s report was against Imran Khan. In his post on social networking site Twitter, Shehbaz Sharif said that the truth exposes people in its own way.
Shehbaz Sharif said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had been fleeing foreign funding for seven years. Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari called the Pakistan Election Commission report which proved that the foreign funding of the PTI was a damning indictment not only of the party’s corruption, which also exposed its hypocrisy âAfter the Pakistan Election Commission review report, Imran Khan’s ugly face, stained with corruption, was exposed. Imran Khan had sworn to tell the truth, but instead he hid the PTI bank accounts from the ECP, âhe said in a statement on the review panel report. ECP in the matter of foreign financing.
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the âselected prime minister,â who embezzled millions of rupees, ridiculed others for corruption. But it is now clear that Imran Khan was only imposed on the country under the guise of a so-called anti-corruption campaign. âHe made false promises and looted the country instead,â he said. Today, he said, the country’s devastated economy witnesses the PTI government’s ruthless plunder of the national treasury. The PPP chairman said Imran Khan was being portrayed as an honest person and forcibly imposed on Pakistan. “But the time has come for him to be held accountable for his actions,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bilawal also questioned the huge increase in the Prime Minister’s income since coming to power. Via his Twitter account, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari questioned the increase in Prime Minister Imran Khan’s income according to the recently released tax file and said tax files reveal that Imran Khan’s income increased by more than 50 times since coming to power.
âPakistan has become poorer but Imran is richer,â he tweeted. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed the Pakistan Election Commission’s scrutiny of funding PTI through donations from overseas Pakistanis and looked forward to a similar review of PPP funding. and PMLN. The Prime Minister said: âThe more our accounts are scrutinized, the more factual clarity will emerge for the nation to see how the PTI is the only political party with an appropriate donor base based on appropriate political fundraising. He asserted that the ECP’s scrutiny of PPP and PMLN funding would allow the nation to see the difference between proper political fundraising and extortion of money from fellow capitalists and vested interests in return. favors at the expense of the nation. He expressed these views through tweets and wrote, âI applaud the ECP’s scrutiny of funding PTI through donations from overseas Pakistanis. The more our accounts are scrutinized, the more factual clarity will emerge for the nation to see how the PTI is the only political party with an appropriate donor base grounded in appropriate political fundraising. I look forward to seeing a similar ECP review of the funding of two other major political parties PPP and PMLN. This will allow the nation to see the difference between proper fundraising and extortion of money from buddy capitalists and vested interests in exchange for favors at the expense of the nation, âhe wrote on his Twitter account. .
Following Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement on the ECP report, PMLN Vice President Maryam Nawaz lambasted the ruling party and warned the prime minister to be ready because “the the hour of responsibility has come â.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Imran Khan took to his official Twitter account and welcomed a report from the ECP review panel, which allegedly revealed that the PTI failed to disclose millions of rupees at the ECP.
However, responding to the Prime Minister’s tweet, Maryam asked why he had not let the proceedings continue for the past seven years. “Why have you [Imran Khan] continued in hiding for so many years and kept begging that the report not be released, âshe asked.
She said Prime Minister Khan believed “Pakistanis are fools who will believe anything he says.” Welcoming the report and its assertions, the PMLN chief further wrote: âThe report has just surfaced and your case is already tainted. ”
âThink about when you will be held accountable for these funds, you will be asked who did you get the money from, where did you spend it, how did you handle your employees’ accounts, etc. “You not only have committed thefts and frauds, but are also guilty of insulting words such as ‘sadiq’ (honest) and ‘ameen’ (trustworthy),” she repeated.
Imran Khan had said earlier that the closer their accounts were scrutinized, the more factual clarity would emerge for the nation to see how the PTI is the “only political party with a proper donor base based on proper political fundraising.” .
He also mentioned that he looked forward to seeing similar review reports from the ECP on the funding of two other major political parties, the PPP and the PMLN. Meanwhile, JUIF leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman criticized Prime Minister Imran Khan over a report released by the ECP and said if the misdeeds of all politicians were combined, they still would not be comparable to the level of corruption committed by Imran. Khan.
Addressing a joint press conference with Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Chairman Mustafa Kamal, Fazl blasted Prime Minister Imran Khan for “bribery and concealment of foreign funding worth millions of dollars to the ECP “. Fazl said the PTI is a “party of thieves” and that it is the only party that has introduced the culture of abuse into politics.
He added that speculation is circulating about the legislation for the elections of local bodies, but that the country must not only run in accordance with the Constitution, but decisions in the four provinces must also be made accordingly.
He said the Foreign Funding Review Panel report revealed everything about the ruling PTI, therefore, “what I had already predicted about Imran Khan turns out to be true.” Responding to a question, Fazl said anyone who recorded the phone call from Pervaiz Rasheed and Maryam Nawaz “shouldn’t have done it because it is unfair to tap someone’s calls.”
On this occasion, the president of the PSP, Mustafa Kamal, also seconded Fazl and declared that the JUIF and the PSP are “on the same wavelength and that the country must be ruled according to the Constitution”.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib accused former Pakistani leader of Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Akbar S Babar of having obtained a facility from the PMLN to file a frivolous petition against foreign funding for the ruling party.
“The PMLN tried to give the impression that the PTI was taking funds from foreign countries or multinationals asking it to work against the national interest,” the minister said at a press conference. Mocking the PMLN for its âfailed financial investmentâ in Akbar S Babar, which totally misled the party about the foreign funding of the PTI and the former misled the nation on this point.
âThose who used to give Akbar S Babar an easy load wasted their money and time,â he said, adding that the PTI was justified as the ECP review board considered its financial documents.
As Akbar S Babar was on the PMLN payroll, he had to provide all the âmisleadingâ information, he added. “English [language] disturbs the PMLN, âsaid the minister, recalling the embarrassment encountered by its leaders after celebrations without reading the decision on the Panama Paper case. Farrukh also lambasted PMLN leaders for their analysis bypassing the review committee’s report.
He said it was the PTI that introduced the culture of “political fundraising” to the country by raising funds from Pakistanis overseas. He noted that after the 9/11 incident, laws were tightened in the United States (US) where registration was required if remittances exceeded $ 30. It was stated in the last paragraph on page 81 of the review board report that the petitioner should have provided genuine information, but failed.
Even Ahsan S Ahsan’s report was not accepted, the minister argued. Regarding some media reporting that funds amounting to Rs 310 million, out of the total funding of Rs 1.68 billion received by PTI, he said it was clarified that the amount was counted two time.
No transactions were made from some accounts, while some of them had zero balances, he added. He said all funds flowed into PTI accounts through legal means, because unlike other political parties, it had a legal system developed and maintained by prominent chartered accountants. Farrukh said the PPP kept nine ECP secret accounts in 2013, 11 of them in 2014 and 10 in 2015. It had no record of funds amounting to Rs 350 million.
Reading of PMLN financial documents by PTI financial experts, he said, revealed that nine accounts were withheld by the party from the ECP. The party only succeeded in submitting bank statements for two of these accounts when it was revealed that it had some nine secret accounts.
Funds amounting to Rs620 million were paid into their accounts, but they had no record of donations amounting to Rs450 million, he added. Farrukh said limited liability companies are registered by the PMLN in the United States and the United Kingdom (UK) under numbers 6521 and 9781563, respectively, which were involved in business activities including poultry and other articles.
Likewise, he said, the PPP also had a company registered abroad, with Asif Zardari as its head. To a question, he said that the leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUIF), Maulana Fazlur Rehman, admitted that he, Zardari and Nawaz had committed acts of corruption.