ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Petroleum Musadik Malik on Saturday said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s fake narrative of regime change operation got exposed after its US chapter hired the services of a firm to maintain relations with the American administration.
“On the one hand, Imran Khan claimed that his government was changed as a result of foreign conspiracy, while on the other side, he was hiring the services of a firm to improve relations with the same country,” he said while addressing a news conference here.
The minister said Imran Khan had misled the country about the regime change plot. He should tell the nation the truth that a company called Feton Group, which his party has hired in the United States, is lobbying there.
Mousadiq Malik said the PTI chief was taunting the country by spreading the lie that the coalition government was foreign-sponsored to weaken Pakistan, while he hired the services of a firm led by David Fenton, who had been working hard Denuclearize Pakistan and wrote several books on it.
“Moreover, the PTI chief and other party leaders want that no institution should question their conduct, nor ask them about the amount of prohibited funding received from the different countries,” he added.
The minister said the PTI used the donations to manage the party’s affairs and received funds from more than 350 foreign companies. The details of this were provided by the State Bank of Pakistan to the Election Commission when Imran Khan was in power.
The PTI government has yet to deposit the billions of rupees recovered from British business tycoon Malik Riaz into the treasury, he said, adding that ex-SAPM Accountability Officer Dr Shahzad Akbar Managed the whole process and “solved the whole problem”. The minister added that in exchange for the deal, the PTI chief was given 458 canals under the guise of the Al-Qadir Trust.
Imran Khan received banned billions of rupees from Arif Naqvi, which is illegal under the law because no political party can take money from anyone other than a Pakistani citizen, Musadik Malik said Get funding there.
He wondered if Nawaz Sharif would be fired and jailed for not taking wages from his son, so why Imran Khan, who was convicted in the foreign funding case, should not be held accountable.
He said that PTI chief wanted midnight opening of the court and decisions in his favour like the decisions given in the past by Maulvi Tameez ud Din and Zafar Ali Shah.
Musadik Malik said that Imran Khan wanted to control all the national institutions and if an institution did not decide in his favour, he would give mutiny calls against it.
He said that unfortunately, in a case against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz, the court had remanded for 45 days while a person who gave a call for mutiny, had been sent on remand for only two days.
The application of the law should apply equally to all citizens of the country, he said.