Sharifs haven't denied preparation of affidavit in Nawaz's office: Fawad

Waiting for report into party funding of PPP, PML-N to come out: Fawad Ch

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Islamabad: Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Thursday that no other party counts party funds like the ruling Pakistan Labor Movement (PTI), and we are now waiting for reports on PPP and PML-N party funds.

Talking to media in Islamabad on Thursday, he said that Farrukh Habib has been appointed PTI’s Secretary Information and Siraj Khan will serve as party s finance secretary. Prime Minister Imran Khan, he said, has directed the party to make preparations for the local government elections. 

Regarding ECP’s scrutiny report on funding of the PTI, Fawad Ch said it was the only party in the country which kept system of its funding fully organized. It had not only documented its funding efficiently but also submitted its complete record to the ECP, he added.

Some 40,000 members contributed financially towards making the PTI a ‘strong and powerful’ party, he said, expressing gratitude for the workers who entrusted PM Imran Khan with their donations.

The PTI was vindicated in the foreign funding case, he said, adding “We, now, wait for the scrutiny committees’ reports on the funding of PML-N and PPP so that it can be known where they stand.”

The Minister accused PML-N of conducting suspicious transactions worth 270 million rupees through local bank accounts. 30 million rupees were entered in the name of Bawan Das, and a person named Hanif Khan deposited 45 million rupees in the PML-N account, which was later transferred to his own account by Nawaz Sharif.

The minister stated that a comprehensive plan is being developed to control inflation in the country. The National Assembly meeting was held on January 10, and it is expected that the revised fiscal bill and laws related to the National Bank of Pakistan will be passed.

He said that passing the bill and reaching an agreement with the International Monitoring Fund (IMF) will usher in economic stability and a stronger rupee against the US dollar.

The minister said that despite the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic, all economic indicators of the country, including growth rates, are on an upward trajectory.

He said that according to the forecasts of different financial sectors, the growth rate is 4% to 5%. At the same time, it is expected that the economy will stabilize in the next few months and inflation will drop significantly.

Fawad Ch said that PTI has announced advisory committees in different regions, including Punjab, Sindh and other regions.

The announcement was made during the meeting of PTI’s Central Executive Committee, he said addressing a news conference.

“Except Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the PTI has announced its executive and advisory boards in the provinces,” he said. The councils had been constituted separately in Central and South Punjab, besides Sindh.

The minister stated that Farrukh Habib, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, has been appointed as PTI’s Minister of Information and Siraj Khan has been appointed as Minister of Finance.

He said Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Secretary General Asad Umar for coordinating with provincial presidents with regard to the party’s new organizational set-up.

The prime minister, he said, also directed the party to make preparations for the local government elections.

“We are reaching out to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) to build consensus for bringing amendment in the (election) code of conduct,” he said, adding the ministers, prime minister and assembly members should be allowed to participate in the election campaign.

It was ‘ridiculous’ to issue notices to political people on running election campaigns in their constituencies, he remarked.

Fawad said that he is working hard to contact other political parties in order to submit a request to the Pakistan Election Commission to review the code of conduct.

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