PTI chief accused of misappropriating party funds

Source: Published in Current Affairs on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan faced an embarrassing situation outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) here on Monday when an unofficial spokesmen for PML-N and one of Mr Khan’s estranged comrades accused him of misappropriating foreign funds.

Former PTI office-bearer Akbar S. Babar and a delegation of the PML-N had reached the ECP office to attend the hearing of a case against Mr Khan pertaining to misappropriation of the party funds. But the hearing was deferred to April 28 as the PTI counsel failed to turn up.

Meanwhile PML legislator Daniyal Aziz had a talk with reporters and accused the PTI of ‘running away from the commission over the issue of fake affidavits’.

He also alleged that the commission as well as the Islamabad High Court were too lenient with the PTI.

“Possibly it is because the party is a bunch of ill-mannered persons and, therefore, no judge will like to take up this case,” he said.

On the other hand, he added, the PTI too was shy of appearing in courts.

“If there is no mala fide intention behind Mr Khan’s shying away from courts and clarifying his position, he should not run away and face courts,” the PML member of the National Assembly said.

Replying a question, he claimed that the report on Panama Papers was false and it had diverted public attention from ‘foreign funding’ of the PTI, and called for an investigation into the matter.

It was a twin attack on Imran Khan as his detractor Akbar S. Babar also talked to reporters and accused his former leader of misappropriating huge amounts of PTI funds.

He challenged Imran Khan to grant ECP the permission to conduct a forensic audit of the party accounts.

“I have written a letter to the (federal) interior minister on March 31 requesting him to order the Federal Investigation Agency to conduct an investigation into PTI funds,” he said.

Mr Babar alleged that PTI had transferred millions of rupees in the accounts of employees of its secretariat ranging from telephone operators to those who prepared tea. 

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