ISLAMABAD JULY 24 (TNS): Rejecting the claims leveled by PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi that PTI was acquiring funds through foreign sources and non-Muslims, the PTI termed it as an attempt to malign minorities in the country.
The Constitution of Pakistan does not differentiate between Muslims and non-Muslims,” it said and added that the PTI maintained in its reply submitted before the Supreme Court (SC) that the petitioner had not submitted any evidence of PTI receiving funds from prohibited sources. On the other hand, PTI has submitted all relevant documents to the court, it added.
Abbasi’s petition seeks disqualification of PTI chief Imran Khan and Secretary General Jahangir Tareen over non-disclosure of assets, the existence of offshore companies owned by them and for PTI being a foreign-aided party.
The Political Parties Order, 2002, prohibited parties from receiving foreign funds, Abbasi’s counsel Akram Sheikh had argued, adding that the PTI received $2.3 million in foreign funding between 2010 and 2013.
In its reply submitted to the court on Monday, PTI claimed that other parties, including the PPP and PML-N, have also raised funds through foreign sources but not provided the details to the Election Commission of Pakistan.