October 3, 2023

Farrukh demands scrutiny of bank accounts of PML (N), PPP


Islamabad – Staff Reporter:

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib on Wednesday said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had failed to submit any financial record of its party funding to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) despite passage of four years.

Talking to the media persons outside the ECP, he said that the foreign funding case against both the PML-N and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was initiated in 2017, but the former kept 12 bank accounts secret, whereas the latter did not disclose details of seven bank accounts so far.

He challenged the PML-N to submit their party funding record in the ECP so that the public could know that as to how they used their party accounts either to launder money or whiten their black money.

Transactions amounting to million of rupees were done through both the opposition parties’ bank accounts, he said, adding that those facts were needed to be brought to the fore as it was not only the requirement of Political Parties Order 2002 and Election Act 2017, but also of one of the apex court’s judgment in Hanif Abbasi case.

Commenting on the PML-N allegations of rigging in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) elections, he expressed astonishment over the logic given by ‘Aristotle’ Ahsan Iqbal and ‘Mathematician’ Raja Farooq Haider that their party won only six seats after bagging 0.5 million votes while the PTI clinched 25 seats after securing 0.65 million votes.

He asked them as to why they did not opt to those skills of mathematics when the PML-N bagged more than 125 seats after getting over 10 million votes in 2013 general elections while the PTI won only 25 seats after securing 7.6 million votes.

He said the PML-N lost the AJK elections due to its narrative which remained limited to criticism of Prime Minister Imran Khan who in fact played a critical role in internationalizing the Kashmir issue and emerged as true ambassador of the people of Kashmir.

Maryam Safdar, on direction of her father Nawaz Sharif, did not criticize her uncle Modi, condemn his RSS ideology and support Hurriyat leaders during the AJK election campaign, he added.

He said the survey, released by Gallup Survey before the AJK elections, pointed out that the PTI enjoyed 44 per cent popular support in the valley, while PML-N and PPP had 12 and nine per cent, respectively.

Nawaz met the Afghan NSA in London to appease his friend Modi who was sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan and wreaking havoc on Kashmiris by committing worst human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, he added.

He said it was astonishing that the PML-N was expecting heavy mandate in the AJK elections after developing relations with anti-Pakistan and anti-Kashmiris forces. There was no difference between Kashmiris living on both sides of the Line of Control as their heart beat in unison and with Pakistan, he added.

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