Founding member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and petitioner in the party’s foreign funding case Akbar S Babar claimed on Thursday that the party has declared 11 of its own accounts illegal in the case.
During a press conference in Islamabad, BabarÂ stated that the foreign funding case has been ongoing for eight years while the scrutiny committee also took four years.
â€œThe State Bank of Pakistanâ€™s records show that PTI has disassociated itself from 11 accounts containing Rs23 million, claiming they are illegal,â€ the petitioner added.
According to the estrangedÂ PTI leader, the accounts belonged to National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman, Governor Sindh Imran Ismail andÂ Mian Mahmood Rashid and Ahmed Rashid.
The petitioner furthered that “declaring the accounts illegal means the ruling party mistrusts its own people”.
â€œIn light of this, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should take notice and the 11 people whose accoutns have been declared illegal should resign immediately,â€ he added.
The foreign funding case is a mega-scandal, and the truth is coming out after eight years, Babar stated, adding that the PTI is disassociating itself from the accounts of senior members of its party.
The next hearing is to be held on March 31.
On March 18, the Election Commission rejected the PTI’s plea to disassociate petitioner Akbar S BabarÂ from the funding case against the ruling party.
PML-N leaders Ahsan Iqbal and Tahira Aurangzeb reached the commission’s office during the hearing, wherein the petitionerâ€™s lawyer, Advocate Ahmad Hassan Shah, said the ruling party had not disclosed many of its foreign bank accounts. He added that the scrutiny committee did not seek the details of the London bank account, thus failing to justify its work.
Babar also spoke to the media, saying that the case was coming to an end as evidence of â€œcomplete illegal fundingâ€ had been presented to the ECP.
Saying that he was fighting for a bigger cause, he accused the ruling party of being funded by India.
Claiming that Prime Minister Imran Khan â€œdestroyedâ€ Pakistan, he said that they would â€œrebuildâ€ PTI with the slogan of â€œBetter Pakistanâ€.