PTI used foreign funding to sabotage democracy, CPEC, economy: Marriyum

Information and Broadcasting Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb during a press conference in Islamabad on August 6, 2022. – APP
  • Marriyum Aurangzeb says Imran Khan was responsible for the current crises, created to fulfill commitments he had made with foreign host families.
  • She adds that the funds were used for Khan’s personal and political purposes.
  • Aurangzeb condemns social media campaign against Pakistani military by PTI trolls.

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb fired a broadside at PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday for attempting to sabotage democracy, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the national economy in exchange foreign funding received by the party.

Addressing a press conference in the federal capital, the Minister of Information said: “A conspiracy project, started by Imran Khan, was carried out in the country thanks to the foreign funds received by his party during different periods, including 2008-2013, 2013-2018 and 2018-2022.”

Khan tried to weaken the parliamentary system and democracy in 2013 under the scheme which came into effect in 2008, Aurangzeb said, adding that the PTI chief incited his employees to attack the Supreme Court building, launched a civil obedience campaign and attempted to stop the CPEC by bringing political stability to the country.

“These are the milestones, delivery points and commitments that Khan made to his backers in return for foreign funding,” she said.

She went on to say that the nation must look into the reasons behind the “Imran project” under which Kashmir was sold off, CPEC projects were stopped and the country recorded negative economic growth.

“Imran Khan, during his government, made young people unemployed, created anarchy and political instability and imprisoned journalists,” the information minister added.

Aurangzeb said the nation must understand that Khan was responsible for the current crises – which were created to fulfill commitments he made with foreign homes.

“ECP exposed Imran Khan”

Speaking about the foreign funding case, the PML-N leader said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) – through its verdict – has exposed the “so-called truthful and honest Imran Khan before the nation”.

The minister said Khan was trying to mislead the nation by constantly telling lies about a case that has been investigated by the ECP for eight years.

“The PTI requested 51 adjournments, changed nine lawyers and filed 11 motions with the court seeking a delay in announcing the decision and an order to prevent the ECP from releasing details of the foreign funding,” it said. she adds.

She said the PTI president had “knowingly” and “willingly” received prohibited funding from a number of foreign companies and individuals, which he himself admitted with the forged affidavits he submitted to the PCE five times.

“Khan blamed others for the corruption, but when his theft came to the fore, he tried to give it a technical angle. He became naive about his party’s funding and called it technical,” added the leader of the PML-N.

Criticizing the PTI leader, Aurangzeb said it was not a technical matter and that the party led by Imran Khan had concealed the bank accounts in which the money had been received from abroad.

“This is misappropriation as Khan used donations for political and personal purposes,” she said, noting that the PTI opened undeclared bank accounts in the name of party secretariat employees.

People, she pointed out, needed to understand that this was not a matter between the PTI and the PML-N, but rather between the former, the State Bank of Pakistan and the ECP. She added that the case was filed by her own member Akbar S Babar and PML-N had nothing to do with it.

The minister said Khan remained a major hurdle in the foreign funding process, as described by the ECP in its decision as “the worst abuse of rights had occurred”.

‘Enough is enough’

Reprimanding the head of the PTI, Aurangzeb said that the funds he had received as charity from overseas Pakistanis, for relief activities against floods and other natural disasters, had been spent for personal and political purposes.

She added that senior PTI leaders, including Khan, were signatories to the funds received by her party in the undeclared bank accounts.

“Till date Khan has not denied that he has not received any money from Romita Shetty and Wootton Cricket Limited,” she said, criticizing the PTI for publishing fake interviews from Overseas Pakistanis, who claimed themselves as his backers on his social media accounts.

She challenged Khan to publish the interview with Arif Naqvi and other foreign nationals and members of businesses who sent dollars, pounds and other currencies as funds to his party.

“Arif Naqvi was presented as a front person to conceal the true identities from other foreign sources,” she added.

Aurangzeb said the PTI disclosed the names of the people who raised the funds in the different countries. Their videos were recorded, she added.

Khan never informed the ECP that he had received funds in the accounts of his party secretariat employees, including Muhammad Arshad, Tahir Iqbal, Muhammad Rafiq and Numan Afzal.

She said the funds were also received in the personal accounts of other PTI leaders including Asad Qaiser, Imran Ismail, Shah Farman, Saifullah Niazi and others. In this case, Imran Khan and the members of the finance council were co-signers of these accounts.

The minister also mentioned the names of some foreign donors including Mukesh Kanda, Charn Jeet Singh, Charles, Michael and others. Ironically, her party continued to receive the funding, but Imran Khan was unaware of it, she added.

Aurangzeb further said that the PTI leader also made money by committing massive corruption in Malam Jabba project, wheat and sugar exports, BRT Peshawar and others, adding that Khan started the story of regime change to cover up its corruption through which Bani Gala was transformed into “Money”. Gala.”

“Enough is enough, now this drama must end as a foreign agent has been caught and the PTI has been declared a party with foreign aid,” she said.

“Relief activities for flood-affected areas are carried out effectively”

The Minister of Information also appreciated the media for constantly sharing the flood situation with the government which helped to carry out the rescue and relief activities efficiently.

Aurangzeb said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was personally monitoring relief activities in flood-affected areas.

She said the Prime Minister had ordered the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and other relevant departments to start relief and rehabilitation immediately as the finance division had been instructed to transfer Rs 5 billion to authority.

Aurangzeb condemns “PTI trolls”

Condemning the social media campaign against the Pakistani military by alleged PTI trolls, Aurangzeb said “it reflects the mindset of Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi”.

“This behavior has caused embarrassment among us,” the minister said, adding that the martyrs were helping flood-affected people in Balochistan and such kind of hateful, provocative and deceitful behavior is condemnable.


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