Imran can’t divert people from foreign funding case: Marriyum


Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Thursday that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan was trying to divert public’s attention from his foreign funding and Toshakhana case by playing a ‘toxic game’ against the state institutions which included a “despicable” social media campaign against the military martyrs.

“Imran Khan cannot divert the attention of the nation from foreign funding which was used to weaken the country’s defense. Foreign agent Imran Khan submitted false affidavits with the Election Commission of Pakistan for five years,” the minister said while addressing a press conference here.

Castigating Imran Khan, she said that for four years, the country was ruled by an “incompetent” and “inefficient” Prime Minister, who plundered national resources ruthlessly and deprived the people of job opportunities by implementing bad and anti-poor policies. She said the PTI had been declared foreign-aided party by the ECP for receiving funding from foreigners during a period of five years (2008 to 2013). According to the ECP’s verdict, she said the PTI received prohibited funding from 351 foreign companies and 34 foreign nationals.

“Imran Khan has also taken prohibited funding from companies in Pakistan which was undeclared,” she maintained.

She said as Imran Khan had disgraced the PTI, it was high time for the workers to ask him why he turned it into a foreign-aided party. She said the investigation of the funding received by the PTI from foreign nationals after 2013 was yet to be done.

However, the FIA was investigating the source and utilization of the funding received during the said period. The minister lashed out at Imran Khan for implementing a conspiracy to damage the country in exchange of the foreign funds.

As regards the PTI’s social media campaign against the state institutions, she said Imran Khan ran a “dirty drive” against the martyrs of helicopter crash through his trolls.

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