Startling disclosures: PTI received funds ‘from Jewish, Indian lobbies’

Published: October 4, 2015
Party’s founding member claims Imran knew about funding but took no action. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

Party’s founding member claims Imran knew about funding but took no action. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

Party’s founding member claims Imran knew about funding but took no action. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS  PTI’s founding member Akbar S Babar. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: One of the founding members of the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has alleged that the party has been receiving funds from Jewish and Indian lobbies for furthering their agendas.

The allegation was levelled during a television programme by PTI’s founding member Akbar S Babar, who has submitted what he calls documentary evidence with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

According to a report of the Jewish Funding Directory, foreigners, including American Barry C. Schneps and US-born Indian Indur Dosanjh, had been funding the PTI for lobbying in their favour and interests.Babar, responding to the report, said an audit in 2011 had revealed illegal funding in the party but its report was not made public. He claimed he had asked the PTI chairman to audit the funds received from foreigners but he had refused to do so.

Read: QWP poised to become PTI’s right hand in coalition

Babar filed a case against the party on November 14, 2014, pointing out the incoming funds.

During the hearing of his petition in the ECP, the PTI lawyer raised objections that the commission did not have the jurisdiction to hear the case. The ECP, however, rejected his argument. In May, the party changed its lawyer for the second time and nominated Anwar Mansoor Khan to pursue the case.

Babar alleged the PTI’s audit report neither mentions the said case
nor contains information about foreign funding.

To a question, he said the petition against the PTI and its chief would be decided on October 8. “I hope the judges will give a verdict on merit,” he added.
Read: Showdown in PML-N bastion? PTI drops D-Chowk rally for Lahore on October 9

PTI leader Ali Muhammad agreed that the issue needs to be investigated. He said the investigation should cover all political parties, whose leaders rule Pakistan but own palaces in Dubai and England. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Danyal Aziz said it was the ECP’s responsibility to keep an eye on foreign funding to all parties and to stop and seize such funds.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (85)

  • curious2
    Oct 4, 2015 - 4:46AM

    Hundreds of American’s gave money to IK/PTI – they collected over $2 million. PTI filed the proper paperwork with the US Dept of Justice outlining the names and addresses of every contributor who gave over $50 – the document is over a 100 pages long and readily available on the Internet to anyone who knows how to Google. And yes an American Jew and an American of Indian ancestry gave money to PTI – probably had a few Christians and atheist in the bunch as well. Grow up.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 4, 2015 - 5:18AM

    PTI has won my heart. It has spent Jewish and Hindu money on useless activities. No sympathy for stupid donors. I would be very mad if it had wasted hard earned money of my fellow countrymen. Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Oct 4, 2015 - 5:50AM

    Always knew something was fishy about PTI.Recommend

  • Azan
    Oct 4, 2015 - 6:35AM

    It is too much necessary to eliminate these kind of incident. Otherwise we are just ruled by foreign elements who will simply destroy Pakistan. Stern action should be taken off found guilty. Recommend

  • Asif
    Oct 4, 2015 - 6:50AM

    Yes I know this first hand and that Imran Khan is actually Mr. Jagjhit Singh and when he was a baby his face was transplanted to make him look like what he is today and groomed to become a cricketer …. SureRecommend

  • vicktor d'souza
    Oct 4, 2015 - 7:08AM

    No wonder I keep on seeing IK sporting a yarmulke on his head. TPI should change its name to Yar Mulke Party.Recommend

  • Vivek
    Oct 4, 2015 - 7:45AM

    At least be happy IK has not looted the public coffers and taken Bhatta and bribes from the people to run his party,His Ex-wife was a jew and all her relatives are jews so if you go for fund raising abroad you cant tell the people of the country in sectarian or religious lines to donate him. He brought up poll rigging in Pakistan first time in history, now the man accusing him has any credibility who he is working for at present.Give him a chance let see what his party will deliver the state his party ruling. Recommend

  • Reality Check
    Oct 4, 2015 - 7:58AM

    And we have to listen to all these low lifes tell us how to live our lives pathetic self proclaimed mr clean has skeleton after skeleton come out of his closetRecommend

  • SNKN
    Oct 4, 2015 - 8:07AM

    Childish allegations.. PML style, below the belt maligning!! Check all parties.. And their source of funding… You will be surprised… And who gets Saudi funding the most… With their Islamic ideology??Recommend

  • MNS
    Oct 4, 2015 - 8:16AM

    Blind followers will still defend IK.Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Oct 4, 2015 - 8:54AM

    @vicktor d’souza: Lol ! IK’s yarmulke is probably his hair transplant in disguise..Recommend

  • truth
    Oct 4, 2015 - 9:41AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    what for them as they have won your heart. in power he will far more be able to waste the donor’s money like otehr pakistani’s do by sponsoring terrorism.Recommend

  • nadeem
    Oct 4, 2015 - 9:55AM

    Another PTI worker disgruntled at being left behind by those who joined much laterRecommend

  • Oct 4, 2015 - 10:11AM

    It is before hand to say something before court,s decision. Which is not away. That is on 8th instant. Let us wait.Recommend

  • Prakash
    Oct 4, 2015 - 10:11AM

    From match-fixing, the Pakistani cricketers have progressed to election-fixing!Recommend

  • NY
    Oct 4, 2015 - 10:20AM

    What about the money Pakistan is receiving the IMF and the World Bank? Is that money not coming from the Jewish institutions? Grow up.Recommend

  • Ozair
    Oct 4, 2015 - 10:21AM

    PTI is the only political party that regularly raises funds across the globe. Why dont other parties raise funds? Maybe because their funds comes from tax payers pockets. ECP will never investigate funding of PMLN and PPPRecommend

  • sabi
    Oct 4, 2015 - 10:30AM

    They are real traitors they must not escape justice.Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Oct 4, 2015 - 10:32AM

    Money has no religion. IK has international standing and people from various religions love him. Usually these donors always doll out funds to get their name highlighted when the news gets leaked. Only judge IK when he gets to the power. For the time being he can enjoy the benefit of doubt and we will continue to support his struggle to get rid of the most corrupt political setup of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Oct 4, 2015 - 10:32AM

    As long as PTI is spending zion-hindu money on naach/gana, disco deewanay shows, narcotics, DJ Butts, marriages, divorce settlements, upkeep of its lunatic chairman and other entertainment activities….we don’t have a problem. Besides what’s headline right now is something Maulana Fazalur Rehman has been saying for ages.Recommend

  • Raghu
    Oct 4, 2015 - 10:38AM

    By seeing the comments. Some have taken it as a joke and some are still stuck with their hatred. I as a PTI supporter do not say that it is a wrong accusation. I do not say that this is being done at the behest to defame PTI and make them lose NA-122. I donot say why the founding member just woke up with the accusation at this critical period. What i as a PTI supporter say is that a complete unbiased bench of judges should sit and investigate each and every paper and proof that has been proved by the founding member and if found guilty PTI leader should be punished severely. But if IK found not guilty that that founding member should be put in jail at least 3 year and given 1000 whips.

    Justice across the board. That the beauty of IK.Recommend

  • Oct 4, 2015 - 10:39AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    Frankly, I don’t believe the accusations of receiving funds, insidiously, for whatever is in the minds of people who don’t like PTI. Making wild accusations is only meant to attract public attention for vote getting or ridiculing oneself.
    IK is no angel but also he is no crook. he has my vote. SalamsRecommend

  • ajeet
    Oct 4, 2015 - 11:07AM

    So now the PTI is the target of the deep state, after finishing off MQM?Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Oct 4, 2015 - 11:13AM

    Imran must change his name to IMRAWRecommend

  • apakmuslim
    Oct 4, 2015 - 11:33AM

    IK is one of the finest politicians of the country. Well any one can be blamed for unproven things in politicsRecommend

  • jayant
    Oct 4, 2015 - 11:36AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    how old r u? ur comments are like sr kg kids talking about world. Recommend

  • MiracleInTheMaking
    Oct 4, 2015 - 11:36AM

    Two words: so what?Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Oct 4, 2015 - 11:51AM

    PML N is so desperate that even Shabaz Sharif is complaining that Lahoris are not supporting his candidate. Now this confirms that Ayaz Sadiq will badly lose. All those who helped ‘win’ last time will think more than twice to repeat dhandli. That will be their death wish as people of Lahore and NA 122 have moved far ahead and do not respect Ayaz who trails behind a person much junior and younger than his own son Hamza because he is son of CM, like a minion. Lahoris have self esteem now.Recommend

  • Oct 4, 2015 - 11:56AM

    Blaming other is a big problem in Pakistan especially in political parties. Sometimes i’m confused if they are muslims or something else?Recommend

  • Dastagir Fikri
    Oct 4, 2015 - 12:05PM

    I had the same feelings. Recommend

  • reader
    Oct 4, 2015 - 12:23PM

    This is a sign of Conquest and Leadership by King Khan, of extracting money for your Cause from your Enemies’s peoples. Jew and Hindi leadership will be Burning to see that their people are supporting the Muslim.Recommend

  • Ahmed Nabi
    Oct 4, 2015 - 12:30PM

    Well if they did get funded by Jewish and Indians to promote their agendas I cant be more sorry for the donors. IK took their money and did nothing for them. Way to go IK. Stay strong.Recommend

  • Zakir Ali
    Oct 4, 2015 - 12:54PM

    @curious2: No Sir receiving funds from Indians and Jews needs to be investigated. No wonder Imran Khan has been creating trouble to slowdown the government from executing infrastructure projects and spreading lies to create anarchy. When the news about MQM taking funds from India came out, PTI had asked for the party to be banned so maybe the same should apply to PTI. Why would Jews and Indians finance PTI unless they want PTI to their bidding and weaken Pakistan. No wonder funds were flowing like water to overthrow the government that as handed over Gawadar to China, improved economic indicators, undertaken multiple road and power related projects to reduce possessing, taken a stiff stance against terrorism and cleaning Karachi, offering 100k plus scholarships and fees reimbursement to improve the literacy rate. Shame on PTI.Recommend

  • saqib jahan
    Oct 4, 2015 - 12:58PM

    I feel it wud be quite better if sum jew or hindu can change the conditions of the poor masses of Pakistan.
    what if we have very religious and patriotic ppl and v still live with load shedding, corruption and atrocities of these so called patriotic ppl like Nawaz, zardaree, chattas, khan, and choudries.Recommend

  • Hatim
    Oct 4, 2015 - 12:59PM

    So the Jews are behind the Taliban! Recommend

  • RM
    Oct 4, 2015 - 1:10PM

    One Jewish and one Indian donor and the bells go ringing. Arabs have donated arms with no alarms ???Recommend

  • Amaan
    Oct 4, 2015 - 1:20PM

    Dont think everyone is KAKA NANNA like you.
    Growup Recommend

  • Opinion
    Oct 4, 2015 - 1:21PM

    All I can say is …moreRecommend

  • Abdullah
    Oct 4, 2015 - 1:24PM

    Shame on Mr. Niazi and his followers. MQM appears to be an angel when compared to PTI..Recommend

  • Usman
    Oct 4, 2015 - 2:04PM

    Any individual can donate to the party. However, the PTI is not involved in taking money from any lobby or group. ECP can look into it as much as it wants. Recommend

  • Indo-Israeli
    Oct 4, 2015 - 2:06PM

    Imran Khan will be our man, he will work for us. Recommend

  • Amir
    Oct 4, 2015 - 2:11PM

    they did it because they were forced to do so by USA law. That does not free them from law under which they are registered as political party in Pakistan. That law says them not to take any fund from non-pakistan entity or person. It was PTI claiming ban on MQM when it was reveled that they took funds from India. Why double standards now ?Recommend

  • Zen
    Oct 4, 2015 - 2:31PM

    An immediate dossier number 4 should be handed over to UN. Recommend

  • Abrar R
    Oct 4, 2015 - 2:35PM

    A person who was kicked out of his UN job on sexual harassment charges and then kicked out of PTI on gross financial misconduct .. yeh right, he must be credible. yawnRecommend

  • SilverT
    Oct 4, 2015 - 2:39PM

    imran khan was sent by aliens. he has an extra terrestrial agenda against the planetRecommend

  • Oct 4, 2015 - 2:40PM

    startling disclosures from Google,i hear there is a secret CIA drone base at Bani Gala also.injured taliban are treated at SKMH just like Ziauddin hospital.RK is MI6 agent,in direct contact with Downing street.Recommend

  • Muhammad Ayub
    Oct 4, 2015 - 2:42PM

    اقتدار کے حصول کے لیے کپتان ہر قیمت دینے کے لیے اور ہر حد تک جانے کے لیے تیار ہے اور اس کا اندازہ مجھے دھرنے کے دوران ہو گیا تھا Recommend

  • Bunty
    Oct 4, 2015 - 3:17PM

    Short memory nation…don’t forget we got an election in 10 days and now it’s time for PML n to pay few greedy and get something like this published for their illiterate followers.

    Now u should decide on one side PTI is army pawn and on other side yahodii loobbby… Are army and that lobby is that stupid…

    This news look more like maulana Sahab got his birthday bash published…Recommend

  • @bravo
    Oct 4, 2015 - 3:42PM

    As expected, election for NA 122 nearing, such news are getting into play just to malign Imran Khan and PTI. Its an old trick being implied by PML (N).Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 4, 2015 - 4:03PM

    When our political class are sidelined……they hit out like spoilt children.Recommend

  • akbar
    Oct 4, 2015 - 4:44PM

    We don’t want any past or present politician to rule Pakistan anymore. Enough is enough. These so called politician have their interest in ruling Pakistan.
    We all want now is General Raheel Sharif. No more experiments needed. We have seen what our talented and incompetent politician are.
    I shall always vote for Gen. Raheel Sharif.Recommend

  • Tiwana
    Oct 4, 2015 - 4:47PM

    @Zakir Ali: it’s childish how you people categorized Indians as one, he did receive money from indian, from an Indian sikh prominent figure in USA, more so, if we want to weaken you, we would never support a forward looking Imran Khan, he is a wonderful person, please support him, he is way better than corrupt sharif and benazirs, we had maniac like modi to oust corrupt Congress, you have much better option Recommend

  • Paa Ji
    Oct 4, 2015 - 4:56PM

    That’s why he is soft on talibans. He always support them so much so that he requested to stop Zarb e Azb in the beginning.Recommend

  • Baba
    Oct 4, 2015 - 5:11PM

    Time for the Muslims in general and Pakistani’s in particular to get OVER this Jewish angst and hatred. Being a Pakistani I will trust a Jew before a Muslim any day!Recommend

  • Shaikh Mohommad
    Oct 4, 2015 - 5:27PM

    Is it alright for Pakistan Army to receive US Military Aid and serve American interests? JUST A QUESTIONRecommend

  • Oct 4, 2015 - 5:47PM

    Jewish and Indian lobbies are busy to use some weak and dishonest people in Pakistan for furthering their agendas in Pakistan.
    I hope the vigilant and brave nation will keep eyes on them and will not allow them to use the people of Pakistan in favor of their interestsRecommend

  • shahzad
    Oct 4, 2015 - 5:48PM

    Just one question. Is this something new against PTI & IK? Come on grow up:) Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Oct 4, 2015 - 6:07PM

    why this guy speaking now…and not when PTI received such moneyRecommend

  • Sohrab khab
    Oct 4, 2015 - 6:23PM

    If he was the founding member means he also recieved the funds means he should be indicted for doing it and confessing.
    Plus all you people who believe in such made up stories….. With due respect GROW UP YAAR GROW UP!!Recommend

  • Ali
    Oct 4, 2015 - 6:39PM

    N League propaganda at its best. Well done PML N. Recommend

  • Atif
    Oct 4, 2015 - 7:01PM

    Everything in Pakistan is a conspiracy theory

    We need to stop believing in such theories and start actually working for the country loyally. This is not about PTI but the mindset in general here, so many people blame everything on external factors…..time to grow up out of this childish behaviorRecommend

  • Brar
    Oct 4, 2015 - 7:22PM

    Mr. Inder Dusanjh must explain why he funded the PTI and how much .? Recommend

  • Topgun
    Oct 4, 2015 - 7:29PM

    PTI social media team is busy trying to discredit this disclosure to reduce the fallout but efforts will be in vain. The cat is out of the bag, so try to put it away on lighter note, deny it absolutely or try to blame it on PMLn, the truth is out and the nation is now waking up to see the lying arrogant trailer that imran Khan is:)Recommend

  • Topgun
    Oct 4, 2015 - 7:31PM

    Those blaming PMLn. Grow up the recent gallup poll showed PMLn miles ahead of PTI candidate Aleem Khan. Plus with Imran Khan campaigning daily and accepting lotas by the dozens clearly shows how desperate PTI is to win.Recommend

  • Farhan
    Oct 4, 2015 - 7:33PM

    Guys just google and check who is nadeem s babar and why he was thrown out of pti in 2011.
    “Akbar Babar was finally thrown out of PTI in 2011 after his communication with Mr. Naeem-ul-Haque, who was authorised by the PTI Core Committee to communicate with him, in which he threatened to destroy Imran Khan and drag him in the streets of Islamabad”.Recommend

  • someone
    Oct 4, 2015 - 8:01PM

    Pakistanis are either habitual liars, as Americans call them, or easy sell outs, as Americans call them. Take your pick.Recommend

  • Asif Maalik
    Oct 4, 2015 - 10:08PM

    Had this revelation would have been about MQM or PPP a big storm would hit on media but it would not happen in this case because double standards are endured and this issue would be faded-away soon. Recommend

  • Zaheer
    Oct 4, 2015 - 10:22PM

    Shame for PTIRecommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Oct 4, 2015 - 10:34PM


    Pakistanis are either habitual liars, as Americans call them, or easy sell outs, as Americans call them. Take your pick.

    If Imrani Niazi is a case study here then the Yanks are absolutely correct.Recommend

  • khan
    Oct 5, 2015 - 12:19AM

    Majority of pakistani suspect him as Jewish agent that is why people don,t vote hime despite big Jewish sponsored ralliesRecommend

  • curious2
    Oct 5, 2015 - 2:07AM


    @curious2 they did it because they
    were forced to do so by USA law. That
    does not free them from law under
    which they are registered as political
    party in Pakistan. That law says them
    not to take any fund from non-pakistan
    entity or person.

    If that’s the law then why focus on the contribution from the American Jew or the American with Indian Ancestry? The entire $2+ million was collected from American citizens who weren’t Pakistani voters – their ancestry and religion shouldn’t be relevant.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Oct 5, 2015 - 2:59AM

    @Abdullah Shaytan was also an angel: Pakistan is full of chaylas of shaytan in all political parties.Recommend

  • Akhthar
    Oct 5, 2015 - 3:29AM

    I think the Vote should go to Raheel Shareef.

    IK is way too disruptive and infact he was responsible for the postponement of Chinese Premier Visit with his lockdown.

    Am sure he took money from India.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Oct 5, 2015 - 3:53AM

    I am Pakistani American and could donate my hard earned money to any one my heart desires. I have donated to the democratic party and even to the Senator Sam Brownback who is governor of Kansas now. Sam is a devout Christian and it did not stop me donating when he was running for Senate Seat. People in Pakistan should not be surprised when people in other countries donate their money to candidates all over the world regardless of their religion or political affiliation. If Pakistani laws requires political parties to report donations from abroad then the parties must submit to ECP who donated how much and from which country. PTI could be guilty of not reporting if indeed that is the case but accepting donations from any one does not constitute that people has other agendas. Of course hefty donations like 50,000 dollars upward should be looked into suspiciously, those are the people with agendas and most likely will ask business favors when the party gets into ruling the country. Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Oct 5, 2015 - 3:54AM

    Imran Khan is getting funds from any international source and investing in Pakistan. What about PMLN, PPP and other money suckers who grab public money in the shape of bribes, kick backs funds given to so called law makers and investing out side Pakistan in real estate steel mills and other industries.Recommend

  • jssidhoo
    Oct 5, 2015 - 6:50AM

    I think the Pakistani public need to grow up there are many people around the world who would like to see a stable honest govt in Pakistan so they contribute to IK does not mean he is bought . If i knew how to contribute i would , am not that rich maybe Rs 1000 or so does it mean he will do what i say …. What a joke i may never see him live in my life time .Recommend

  • Desi
    Oct 5, 2015 - 7:52AM

    Classical PML-N propoganda to malaign the opponnent.

    Bhaio & behno PML-N & PPP se jaan charao , they have got 70 years to change Pakistan, but done nothing, all insitutions are failed dure to lack of governanceship of PPP & PML-N, please dont vote on these parties in future. Recommend

  • Khanzada Sahab
    Oct 5, 2015 - 12:00PM

    So what
    One of the well known politician took money from the most wanted guy of the world killed in Pakistan. I have seen this news in News channels. and also one of the another democratic leader said this in his interview with international well known Journalist Larry King. in his statmeent he said that the opposition party took money from the most wanted guy of the world to derailed the governement of his wife..
    Any way this needs to be investigated Recommend

  • Oct 5, 2015 - 1:41PM

    And why were the American Jew and American born Hindu providing funds to PTI. It isn’t an American party. They funded them for bringing change in Pakistan, right? Why? What have they got to do with the change in Pakistan? Don’t try to brush it aside. This is serious!Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Oct 5, 2015 - 1:45PM

    Receiving funds from India. PTI is Okay for something MQM was asked to get banned for! Thats why Karachi loves MQM. We are second class citizens here with different law imposed on us.Recommend

  • Shakil
    Oct 5, 2015 - 6:35PM

    Its the Sharif and Zardari who cant utter a word against India and PTI is funded by India :)

    simply media campaign by PMLn department of dirty tricks who cant find anything against Imran and PTI!
    This will not work, people are not illiterate to follow fake PPP and PMLN slogans Recommend

  • Fayyaz
    Oct 5, 2015 - 6:46PM

    what about Saidi funding to NS which make him follow policies which are against Pakistan’s interests. It is well known fact in Saudia that even for his steel mill in SAudi Arabia, the then king helped him. There are no free lunches. What about Zardari, Ishaq Dar and even Musharaff who were gifted palaces in UAE for facilitating policies which are not in our interest. e.g privitazation of PTCL and allowing gulf airlines free access to all airports.Recommend

  • Jawad U Rahman
    Oct 5, 2015 - 10:39PM

    Another one in the long list of hypocrisies in the armory of PTI. As far as I remember, PTI has still not officially withdrawn the order it gave during the dharna to its followers overseas to stop using banks to transfer money to Pakistan. So, not only PTI is breaking the campaign finance law by collecting money from non-Pakistani citizens, but it also is doing illegal hawala transfers as official policy.Recommend

  • Zeeshan Shahid
    Oct 6, 2015 - 6:46PM

    Considering the allegations of establishment’s support, this implies that establishment has been supporting a party which is promoting jewesh agenda…may be we all need to decide a stick to beat PTI with…too many sticks by conspiracy theorists are canceling each other outRecommend

  • zubair
    Oct 7, 2015 - 12:06AM

    Are Inder Dosanjh and Barry C. Schneps, who donated $ 2.3 million dollars to PTI, over seas Pakistanis? Inder Dosanjh is a fraudster car dealer of Indian origin in US – a front man of Indian intelligence – and Barry C. Schneps is listed in the US Jewish directory and Jewish Referral Services !Recommend

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