ISLAMABAD: PTI founding member and disgruntled party leader Akbar S Babar said Monday that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s “friend” offered to make him chairman of the Senate, in exchange for taking no action against the party.
Speaking to the media, Babar – one of the founders of PTI who filed a foreign funding case against the party in 2014 – said he had been threatened and a case had been filed against him for demanding action against the party.
“My friend Imran Khan offered me the post of chairman of the Senate,” he said, adding that he “turned down all offers because I have a noble cause”.
The disgruntled PTI leader announced he would oppose the steering committee’s decision, adding that he could only seek justice from the institutions in Pakistan.
“When I filed a case against the party, Imran Khan was hiding behind a stay order,” he said. “Imran Khan has been running away from competitions against me for the last six years.”
Babar said PTI still has not disclosed the details of its six foreign bank accounts. “Over the past three years, [ECP’s] The supervisory committee has not been able to hold a party audit, ”he said.
Akbar S Babar, a founding member of PTI, had filed a case against Imran Khan’s party in November 2014 claiming in his petition that there had been massive financial irregularities dealing with foreign funding of up to nearly $ 3 million.
After the petition, PTI challenged the ECP’s order at IHC in 2017.
That same year, the IHC sent the case back to the electoral body to review its jurisdiction once again. In that case, the high court also appointed Babar as a member of the PTI decision.
Then on 8 May 2017, the ECP bench stated that the agency had full jurisdiction over the case.
In March 2018, a supervisory committee was formed to check PTI’s foreign funding accounts to determine if there had been any mistakes.
PTI on several occasions has sought confidentiality in its surveillance and has also approached the ECP, for that matter. However, in October 2019, the ECP rejected the party’s request.
PTI head Imran Khan has repeatedly accused the ECP of working on behalf of the Opposition in the case.
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