ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Senator Pervez Rashid on Thursday claimed that the rallies and public meetings of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were organised in Pakistan with financial assistance from Jewish and Hindu lobbies in the US.
At a press conference here, Pervez Rashid said PTI spent millions of rupees on its rallies in Pakistan, claiming they were all arranged with the help of dollars coming from America-based Jewish and Hindu lobbies.
He said all the political parties of Pakistan are bound under the law not to receive any funds from foreigners.
Rashid said the ECP was trying to conceal PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s crime of taking funds from foreigners which he used for political purposes. “We have a documentary proof of Imran Khan’s signatures acknowledging receipt of funds,” he added.
The information minister waved in the air documents he held in his hands, saying his claims were based on documentary proof obtained from a US department. He said this file contains names of all the Jewish, Hindu and Sikh firms which ‘sent their donations to the PTI’.
He said PTI spent a massive amount of Rs2.5 million only on the speakers and sound system it used at its rallies.
Rashid said Khan not only kept the ‘funds from foreign firms’ hidden from the ECP but also used them for his protest sit-ins. “Imran Khan hurls allegations at others, he too will have to answer my questions,” he snapped.
The minister went on to say that Khan staged the sit-ins in Islamabad with an aim to stop the scheduled visit of Chinese President to Pakistan. “Imran Khan, you are functioning as a tool for Pakistan’s enemies,” he added.
He said Khan will have to come up with a reply for ‘the rigging he committed to undermine the cause of democracy in the country’.
Rashid added that how was PTI allotted a party symbol in the last general elections despite being in violation of the Political Parties Act.
He pointed out that under the Political Parties Act, all parties are required to submit their accounts including sources of their funds before allotment of election symbols.
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