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PTI overseas funding: FT report has rejected Imran Khan’s claims, says Hamid Mir

PTI Chairman Imran Khan addressing an election rally on this file picture.

ISLAMABAD: Senior anchorperson and political analyst Hamid Mir on Friday stated that the proof obtainable to the Monetary Occasions has rejected the PTI’s claims that it didn’t obtain overseas funding.

Mir was chatting with Geo Information after a  FT report which said that Imran Khan’s occasion was supplied huge funds by way of Abraaj founder Arif Naqvi’s offshore firm in 2013.

“PTI had claimed that the quantity was collected from Pakistanis however the UK publication has rejected the claims of PTI, Imran Khan and Arif Naqvi. As per the file obtainable to the [FT] reporter, PTI obtained overseas funding and ECP ought to now look into it.”

Mir stated that FT journalist Simon Clarke, who was beforehand related to WSJ, has been engaged on this topic for the final three-four years and written a complete e-book on Arif Naqvi titled “The Key Man”, printed final 12 months.

Concerning the PTI’s response to the report, the anchorperson stated that the occasion is now saying that Naqvi is being focused as a result of he’s Muslim.

“It’s not true. The US is investigating [Arif Naqvi’s] funding to Barack Obama’s administration as nicely,” Mir stated.

Giving particulars on the overseas funding case in opposition to PTI, he added that Arif Naqvi despatched an affidavit to the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) earlier this 12 months and admitted to the funding however claimed that it was collected from British Pakistanis. Mir stated the Abraaj founder “cleverly didn’t signal it and put a date”.

“He might need not signed it as a result of he most likely knew that he’s not offering the proper info,” the anchorperson stated.

The story relies on e mail and checking account particulars of Wootton Cricket and PTI, the journalist stated.

“One necessary factor to notice right here is that PTI and Naqvi knowledgeable the ECP that they obtained $1.12 million  from the Wootton membership however the supply was not disclosed and it has now been revealed by the FT. The precise quantity was 2.12 million {dollars} which additionally consists of 1.03 million {dollars} of Abraaj Group which had been supplied by Ok-Electrical and transferred to Wotton Cricket and in the end landed in PTI’s accounts,” Mir stated.

Naqvi, Mir added, is preventing a authorized battle with the US over his extradition however the UK authorities are delaying the matter as a result of the Abraaj founder might reveal info as he was additionally related to Prince Charles’ charity.

In line with the FT report, Naqvi additionally funded Pakistani politicians in 2016 together with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif however the PML-N has denied it. The story, he stated, has used the phrase alleged as a result of the reporter doesn’t have any proof to assist this.

Mir stated that the FT journalist has all of the data associated to PTI and the ECP now has extra particulars to probe additional.

He agreed with PTI’s demand to resolve the instances of all of the events collectively.

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