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Imran Khan’s party rejects PML-N charge that it got funds from foreign sources

The opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party has rejected the ruling PML-N’s allegation that it collected funds from foreign sources and from non-Muslims.

world Updated: Jul 24, 2017 22:22 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times, Islamabad
Imran Khan,PML-N,foreign funding
File photo of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan (centre) leaving the Supreme Court after a hearing on the Panama Papers case in Islamabad on January 6, 2017. (AFP)

The opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party on Monday rejected claims by the ruling PML-N that it acquired funds through foreign sources and from non-Muslims during the hearing of a petition by the Supreme Court.

In its reply submitted in court, the PTI rejected the allegations made by PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi and accused him of trying to malign Pakistan’s minorities. The PTI also maintained Abbasi had not submitted any evidence with his petition to back up his claim that the party had received funds from prohibited sources.

"On the other hand, PTI has submitted all relevant documents to the court," it said in the reply.

The PTI's reply further said that Abbasi had alleged that the party had acquired funds from non-Muslims, which should be seen as an attack on Pakistan's minorities, who "have had an important role to play in the country's progress".

"The Constitution of Pakistan does not differentiate between Muslims and non-Muslims," the PTI said.

Abbasi's petition in the Supreme Court seeks the disqualification of PTI chief Imran Khan and secretary general Jahangir Tareen over the alleged non-disclosure of assets, existence of offshore companies owned by them and for PTI being a foreign-aided party.

In its reply to the court, the PTI said other parties, including the Pakistan People’s Party and PML-N, too had raised funds from foreign sources but had not provided details to the Election Commission.

The PTI further said in its 700-page reply that its funding process has been transparent and funds have been collected from dual nationals.

First Published: Jul 24, 2017 22:22 IST