PTI urges ECP to decide foreign funding case against PPP, PML-N

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Farrukh Habib has said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) have failed to submit their accounts detail with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Talking to the media persons in Islamabad on Friday, the PTI lawmaker said that PTI has now requested the chief election commissioner that the meeting of scrutiny committee be held on a daily basis so that the foreign funding case of the PPP and the PML-N could be decided.

He said the PTI has submitted a new application to the ECP to seek expediting the scrutiny process against the PML-N and PPP in the foreign funding cases. He claimed that PTI has submitted ‘foreign funding proofs’ against PML-N and PPP.

“We had filed a petition against PML-N in 2017 and so far, dozens of sessions of the [ECP] scrutiny [committee] were conducted. We have submitted another plea to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) today and sought daily hearing of the case. Till today, no decision is made despite having clear guidance of the Supreme Court (SC),” he said.

He said that both political parties are just wasting the time of the ECP’s scrutiny committee and the facts have been revealed now. He claimed that PML-N is also facing an allegation of toppling late Benazir Bhutto’s government after receiving funds from Osama Bin Laden.

The PTI leader challenged Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and Maryam Nawaz to do whatever they wanted to do during their protest outside the ECP office on January 19. He continued that ECP has summoned leaders of both political parties on January 18, whereas he has submitted proofs against PML-N and PPP.

Habib said that PPP had hired a lobbyist in the United States to get NRO to whom they paid over $3 million after 2008. Habib said that both parties will have to respond to the ECP.

It may be noted here that the scrutiny committee of ECP had issued notices to PPP and PML-N in foreign funding case and asked to appear and submit their response on January 18.

Furthermore, the opposition parties have announced their plans to protest outside ECP headquarters to expedite proceedings of foreign funding case against PTI.

The committee had also issued a notice to petitioner Habib, PPP’s Farhatullah Babar and PML-N’s Rana Muhammad Afzal to appear before the committee for further proceedings.

Habib alleged that both the parties used their accounts for money laundering. He said the that PTI is the only party which has submitted the details of its accounts with ECP.

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