Islamabad June 07 (TNS): Akbar S Babar, the main petitioner in the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) foreign funding case, has alleged that ‘sacks of money’ made their way to Imran Khan’s Bani Gala residence during the party’s 2014 sit-in in Islamabad.
While talking to the media persons outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Babar said that if a commission was constituted to ascertain how much money, collected from unidentified persons from abroad, was siphoned off to Imran’s Bani Gala residence and then onwards to accounts of PTI employees and Imran’s personal employees, people would forget about the Panama Papers case.
Babar said that he will furnish evidence if a commission is formed to probe the money that arrived in Pakistan from unknown sources and individuals during the sit-in.
The PTI again failed to submit a reply in the foreign funding case while a counsel for PTI said that Imran Khan could not be contacted as was in Nathia Gali.
Babar sarcastically said that Imran was not in Nathia Gali but was in a Band Gali (alley) but he could not escape. He said that Imran has proved to be a liar.
Earlier, the petitioner alleged that nearly $3 million in illegal foreign funds were collected through two offshore companies, registered under Imran Khan’s signature, and that money was sent through illegal ‘hundi’ channels from the Middle East to accounts of PTI employees. He also alleged that the foreign accounts used to collect funds were concealed from the annual audit reports submitted to the ECP.
The ECP has already rejected the PTI’s plea challenging the commission’s jurisdiction in the foreign funding case against the party.
The ECP adjourned the hearing till June 22 after the PTI failed to submit a reply.