PTI moves SC against ‘foreign funding’ of PML-N, PPP


ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday filed two petitions in the Supreme Court accusing the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) of receiving foreign funds.

The petitions, filed by PTI leaders Asad Umar and Shireen Mazari, requested the SC to order the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to investigate parties’ funds and withdraw the election symbols allotted to them. The petitions alleged that the PML-N and PPP have received funds from foreign and forbidden sources.

It further claimed that funds donated by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif were not mentioned in the details submitted by the PML-N to the ECP. According to the petition, Sharif had contributed Rs100 million to the party in funds. Later, he retrieved Rs40 million.

The requests also state that the PPP and PML-N have made funding agreements with private companies in the US.

The petitions allege that the PPP has also secured funds through the Pakistan embassy.

PTI itself is currently facing two separates cases in relation to being a foreign funded party; one in the SC and the other in ECP.