Akbar Babar submits PTI’ ‘foreign funds’ report to ECP

ISLAMABAD - The petitioner in Foreign Funding Case against PTI, Akbar S. Babar on Tuesday submitted a detailed report before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) based on the scrutiny of State Bank’s requisitioned documents.

He shared the report with media at a press conference here.

According to the report based on the documents requisitioned through the SBP in the foreign funding case, billions of rupees and millions of dollars were allegedly funded to illegally to PTI.

The report submitted to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) yesterday by the petitioner and PTI founding member Akbar S. Babar urges notices should be served on PTI Chairman and PM Imran Khan for alleged gross violations of political funding laws besides taking to task all those involved in it.

According to Akbar Babar, the documents revealed that PTI Chairman Imran Khan consistently submitted false and fake annual certificates for the period 2009-13 before the ECP.

The report claimed the false certificates concealed billions of rupees and millions of dollars of illegal funding that was received from foreign companies and foreign citizens including that from India.

It also said the PTI received prohibited/foreign funding or funding without source. This funding includes $7,322,678 (over seven million dollars that includes over 2.1 million dollars from one offshore company alone and illegal funding from 349 foreign companies, 88 individuals of foreign origin including that of India).

According to report based on documents requisitioned through SBP, PTI concealed several bank accounts, received billion of rupees prohibited funding

The illegal money received in cash or cheques in Pakistani currency includes Rs 852,023,076 (including Rs25.61 million collected in cash in PTI Chairman Office). In addition, in GBP 94,616 and EUR 27,260 were received from prohibited/foreign sources, the report claimed.

It said that from fiscal years 2008-12, PTI under the signatures of PTI Chairman Imran Khan revealed only two accounts for each year and for the year 2013 revealed four PTI bank accounts before the ECP. “Whereas, the SBP record reveals PTI concealed five accounts in year 2008-9, seven in 2009, 13 in 2010, 14 in 2011, and 14 in 2012-13”, revealed the report.

It also further claimed that the bank statements of KASB Bank Account (01135461001) revealed in the PTI audit report 2013 submitted before the ECP remains concealed as well as bank statements of four PTI bank accounts related to “Disaster Fund, Party’s Fund, etc” also remained concealed in contravention of the Scrutiny Committee Order dated April 25, 2018.

The report elaborated that bank statements of PTI bank account with Bank Alfalah, Township Branch, Lahore, remains concealed where about Rs24 million were transferred from the bank accounts revealed.

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