PM says he’s trying ahead to seeing comparable ECP scrutiny on the funding of two different main political events — PPP and PML-N
By Web Desk
January 05, 2022
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday welcomed the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) scrutiny of PTI’s funding by donations from abroad Pakistanis and stated, “the more our accounts are scrutinised the more factual clarity will emerge for [the] nation”.
Taking to Twitter, PM Imran Khan stated that PTI is the “only political party with a proper donor base premised on proper political fundraising”.
The prime minister stated that he was trying ahead to seeing comparable ECP scrutiny on the funding of two different main political events — PPP and PML-N.
“This will allow the nation to see the difference between proper [political] fundraising and extortion of money from crony capitalists and vested interests in exchange for favours at nation’s expense,” he stated.
‘Transaction of Rs160 million was counted twice’
Yesterday, whereas addressing a post-cabinet assembly press convention, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry termed the report “inaccurate”.
The federal minister stated the ECP ought to do a public comparability of the events’ overseas funding and demanded comparable scrutiny of PPP and PML-N’s financial institution accounts.
Chaudhry additionally claimed the committee had counted transactions price Rs150 million and Rs160 million twice.
About the undisclosed funds, Chaudhry stated transactions of Rs160 million have been counted twice as PTI had obtained cash in its central account, and later, transferred it to a different account.
Similarly, the federal minister stated Rs150 million, which was transferred from the Centre to the provinces by way of a PTI subsidiary, was additionally counted twice.
Chaudhry stated the aforementioned info could be laid down earlier than the election fee, as he reiterated that the PTI was within the clear.
On the problem of the accounts, the knowledge minister stated that the scrutiny committee had proven in its report that the get together had 26 financial institution accounts, whereas eight of them have been inactive.
Chaudhry stated eight accounts, out of the remaining 18, have been useful.
“He said that 10 of the accounts in question did not actually belong to the PTI, while six were subsidiary accounts, while the party has distanced itself from the remaining four,” in line with Dawn.
The federal minister stated it was evident “there is no question of foreign funding”, as he claimed that the prime minister and PTI had all the time supplied information of their transactions.
“The PTI has complete details of all the 40,000 donors, while no other party has such records of donations,” he added.
The report, which got here to gentle on Tuesday, acknowledged that the PTI supplied “false information” concerning the get together’s funding to the ECP.
It stated that SBP’s financial institution assertion revealed that the get together had obtained Rs1.64 billion in funding.
According to the report, the get together didn’t disclose funding price greater than Rs310 million to the ECP.
It acknowledged that round 1,414 corporations in Pakistan, 47 overseas corporations, and 119 potential corporations supplied funds to PTI.
Bilawal Bhutto’s response
In a press release on Wednesday, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari stated the ECP’s scrutiny committee report had “exposed” Imran Khan’s “ugly face tainted with corruption”.
The PPP chairman stated that PM Imran Khan had taken an oath of telling the reality, however as an alternative, hid PTI’s financial institution accounts from the ECP.
He stated the “selected” prime minister, who has “embezzled crores” of rupees, ridicules others for corruption.
“But it is now clear that Imran Khan was imposed on the country only under the guise of a so-called anti-corruption campaign. He made false promises and looted the country instead.”
Bilawal additional acknowledged that PM Imran Khan was “forcibly portrayed” as trustworthy after which “imposed” on Pakistan, however the time has come for him to provide an account of his actions.
JUI-F phrases ECP report ‘eye-opener’
Meanwhile, talking throughout a celebration assembly, JUI-F and Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief, Maulana Fazlur Rehman stated the scrutiny committee’s report was an “eye-opener” for all.
“The report, pointing towards financial irregularities, is a dangerous trend […] Imran Khan is busy defending those foreign powers who heavily funded and brought him to power,” he stated.