PM Imran Khan tried to ‘sabotage’ ECP’s overseas funding probe: Maryam Nawaz

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz addressing a press conference on January 6, 2022. — Geo News
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz addressing a press convention on January 6, 2022. — Geo News

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Thursday alleged that Prime Minister Imran Khan tried to “sabotage” the investigation of the Election Commission of Pakistan into PTI’s funding via overseas donors.

“Not only did the PTI lie in its disclosures to the ECP, it tried to sabotage their investigation,” she stated, whereas addressing a press convention.

Maryam stated “never before in its history”, had the nation ever witnessed such “irrefutable proof” towards any social gathering or any chief.

“You tell your party to highlight the ‘brand’ Imran Khan. Your brand is that you are incompetent, unqualified, corrupt, a liar, conspiratorial, a looter, [and that you are behind] mind-boggling inflation, economic devastation,  unemployment and guilty of illegal foreign funding,” she stated.

“This brand now lies exposed before all,” she stated, including that now he’ll “no longer get a chance to hide”.

Discussing figures reported by the State Bank of Pakistan to the ECP, she stated the social gathering has 26 financial institution accounts, of which 18 have been lively, whereas solely 4 have been declared,” Maryam said.

The PML-N leader said she came across the premier’s tweet which said he welcomes the report and that ministers even said they have been “exonerated”, and asked what gives them such an impression.

“You saved on operating away [from the probe] for seven years. You used drive, coercion and rigging and prevented the probe from advancing. And then while you knew that it has grow to be unavoidable, that the individuals will ask ECP questions, you tried to stop the discharge of the report by pressuring them,” she said.

Maryam said that subsequently the ECP’s jurisdiction was challenged, following which “delaying techniques” were employed for seven years.

She demanded to know why the party did not surrender itself for examination if it claims to not have engaged in any wrongful practices.

“But the factor is, it’s those that give themselves up for an investigation who know and haven’t any fear that they’ve dedicated theft. Not everyone seems to be like Nawaz Sharif, who has all the time hyped up his chest and welcomed any probe,” she added.

The PML-N leader said that the PTI had to be “dragged into the probe”, and now “each fibre of their being has been discovered to be seeped in controversy”.

Listing down the countries that the party had received funding from, she said donations had been sent from the US, Middle East, Australia, Canada, and England.

She went on to say that the PTI established two companies, one in Texas and one in California between 2010 and 2013, and that “[PM] Imran Khan himself was chairman of each corporations”.

“Some corporations have been additionally shaped in Australia and Canada,” she said.

“Since Imran Khan was the chairman, no matter occurred was in his data, was finished at his behest and his say so,” Maryam said.

Quoting the report, she said not only had PTI “lied”, it has been found guilty of “deliberate concealment” and “misdeclaration”.

She alleged that the party had “submitted false certificates” to the ECP, and that everything was done on the directives of “senior PTI management and PM Imran Khan”.

More to follow.

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