Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Vice President Maryam Nawaz has alleged that Prime Minister Imran Khan attempted to “disrupt” the Election Commission of Pakistan’s probe into PTI’s funding through foreign donors.
Addressing a press conference, Maryam said that there was irrefutable proof against Imran Khan and his party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf. She added that the prime minister had told his party to highlight the ‘brand’ Imran Khan, but that brand was “incompetent, unqualified, corrupt, and a liar”.
Maryam added that Khan is “behind unimaginable levels of inflation, unemployment and is guilty of foreign funding that is illegal”.
Touching about the statistics reported by the State Bank of Pakistan to the Election Commission of Pakistan, she added that the party had 26 bank accounts, from which 18 were active at the time. Maryam said that PTI had declared only four.
Slamming PM Khan’s tweet, she asked what gives the premier the impression that he had been exonerated by the probe. She added that he had been dodging the investigation for seven years and resorted to force, coercion and other means to prevent the investigation from going forward.
Maryam demanded that why the party had not surrendered itself to the probe if it claimed that it had not engaged in any malpractices.
Citing the constitution, she concluded that according to Pakistani law, a political party could not receive funds from foreign donors.
Her remarks come as the Election Commission of Pakistan’s scrutiny committee revealed a day back that the ruling PTI party hid a sum of Rs312 million during a period of four years between financial year 2009-2010 and financial year 2012-2013. Further details revealed that Rs145 million was under-reported in financial year 2012-2013.
The report came forth as the ECP resumed its hearing of the foreign funding case against the party, after a period of nearly nine months. The case has been unresolved since November 14, 2014.