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Opposition has a field day following ECP report on PTI funding

Ruling party in opposition’s crosshairs following report on funding; PPP, PML-N lawmakers urge legal action

Ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf has come under fire from the opposition after a report from the Election Commission of Pakistan’s scrutiny committee revealed that the party under-reported a sum of Rs312mn during a period of four years.

The report divulged that the party refused to report the details of some large transactions and was uncooperative in revealing the details of its foreign accounts.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a tweet that he welcomed the review by the ECP of PTI funding that was received via donations by overseas Pakistanis. He said PTI was the only party with an integrated system of political fundraising based on formal donors.

However, the opposition parties pointed that there was still a staggering amount of money that had been under-reported to the committee. Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif said that PTI had been avoiding the case for the last seven years as they had a massive discrepancy to hide.

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President of the Pakistan People’s Party said that the report exposes the party’s hypocrisy. He added that the premier’s tax records show an increase of more than 50 times since he came into power, even as the country became poorer.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former finance minister Ishaq Dar pointed out an article of the constitution that states that a foreign-aided political party must be dissolved, and since PTI was foreign funded, it must be dissolved as well and disqualified.

Lawmaker from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Hina Parvez Butt said that the case was tied to the security of the country. She said it needed to be investigated who these foreign powers were who aided PTI and destroyed the country’s economy.

Moreover, PML-N lawmaker Khawaja Saad Rafique called for legal action while questioning whether it was a crime to hide funding.

PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal said that the PTI failed to produce evidence against the PML-N in support of their allegations of corruption, yet evidence of PTI’s corruption has been presented.

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