Nothing to worry about in foreign funding case, Imran assures PTI – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday asked party leaders not to worry about the case of foreign funding against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) after the Pakistan Election Commission (ECP) ordered the case hearing on a base day day.

Addressing a meeting with government spokespersons in the Prime Minister's Office, Mr. Khan said that the PTI had already conducted an audit of the party's funds and that his evidence had been presented to the relevant courts and forums.

The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Information, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, said Imran Khan was of the opinion that the PCE could judge any case, but it was the government's request to hear the cases of the three main parties: PTI, Muslim League of Pakistan-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Popular Party of Pakistan (PPP) simultaneously.

He says that Nawaz sent abroad based on his medical reports.

“We have already submitted applications to the ECP to prove the financing of the PPP and PML-N party; therefore, we demand that the commission listen to the cases of three parties at the same time and not point to PTI, ”said Mr. Khan. "Party members should not worry about the case of foreign funding because party funds have already been audited and their reports have been submitted to the courts," he added.

The meeting also discussed the speech of the President of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Asif Saeed Khosa, in which he said that Prime Minister Khan had allowed Nawaz Sharif to leave the country. At the meeting, Mr. Khan asked the party leaders not to make any statement about the president of the court.

"The government will discuss the issue with the party's legal team and then decide whether or not to respond to the statement of the president of the court," said Awan.

Khan also spoke about the former prime minister's departure in the context of social media criticism that Nawaz Sharif, who was not seen in critical condition in a video in London, was allowed to leave the country. Khan said the leaders of the Pakistan-Nawaz Muslim League (PML-N) had been exposed. "People are watching Nawaz Sharif's activities in London," he added.

He said that the children of Nawaz Sharif, who received him in London, had been declared criminals by the accountability court in Islamabad. He said Nawaz Sharif was allowed to leave the country by court order and based on medical reports.

Speaking about criticism of the opposition against the government, he said the opposition was afraid of the government's success in stabilizing the economy.

The meeting also reviewed a speech by the president of the National Responsibility Office, Javed Iqbal, in which the latter hinted at holding the government accountable for his 14 months in power.

The prime minister was of the opinion that NAB was an independent organization and that the government would not create any obstacle in its path.

On the dharna of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F in Islamabad, the prime minister said Maulana Fazlur Rehman was trying to hide his failure in his failed agitation program.

"Maulana's policy is over," he added.

Published on Dawn, November 21, 2019



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