PTI demanding ECP to resign to evade foreign funding verdict: Abbasi

Says the decision would expose the fact that the funds were borrowed from prohibited resources

Our Correspondent March 16, 2021
PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi talking to media persons in Islamabad on March 12, 2021. SCREENGRAB


Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday claimed that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) demand for the resignation of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) members is due to the imminent decision in the foreign funding case.

Talking to media persons in Islamabad, the former prime minister said that the federal cabinet attacked the ECP yesterday, saying such a development had never taken place before.

"The government, rather than accepting its defeat in the recent Senate elections, chose to ask the ECP to step down," Abbasi said and added, "an imminent decision in the foreign funding case is behind it".

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He further said that the government knows that the decision will be against it. "It would be proven that PTI took funding from prohibited resources and the funds were transferred to [Prime Minister] Imran Khan's personal accounts."

The PML-N leader termed the discovery of spy cams during the Senate chairman's election as a replay of the 2018 general elections.

"If there were any moral standards in the country, the Senate chairman would say that he would step down as he doesn't have the majority."

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To a question regarding the resignations of PML-N lawmakers, Abbasi said that the final decision will be taken by the Pakistan Democratic Movement's (PDM) leadership.

"PML-N has not given assurances to anyone in this regard," he added.

Regarding the manhandling of Shahbaz Gill yesterday, he said, "I don't think that ink should have been thrown at him, but such actions are always feared for those who badmouth others."

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