ECP body summons PML-N, PPP a day before protest.

Byline: Iftikhar A. Khan

ISLAMABAD -- As the ruling PTI and the two main opposition parties continue to accuse each other of receiving funds from prohibited sources, the scrutiny committee of the Election Commission of Pakistan has summoned both the PPP and the PML-N in foreign funding cases on Monday - a day before the Pakistan Democratic Movement's planned protest outside the ECP office.

The PML-N and PPP have been issued notices asking their representatives to appear before the scrutiny panel at 12 noon and 2pm, respectively.

In a related development, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has submitted an application to the chief election commissioner seeking day-to-day hearing of cases against the two opposition parties.

Talking to reporters after submitting the application, PTI lawmaker Farrukh Habib challenged PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz and PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari to submit the record asked for by the scrutiny committee.

He said the PDM'protest plan was meant to pressurise the ECP and get an NRO in the prohibited funding cases.

PTI lawmaker challenges Maryam, Bilawal to submit records of funding of their parties

He said the petitions against PML-N and PPP had been filed in 2017, but no decision could be taken due to non-cooperation of the parties with the committee.

The PTI MNA alleged that the two parties were reluctant to submit records because their accounts had been used for money laundering.

He asked the PML-N leadership to explain where amounts ranging between Rs50 million and Rs150m came in their accounts from.

'Their track record shows they have been getting funds from interest groups,' Mr Habib said and claimed that it had emerged during the TT case against Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shehbaz that multi-million rupees had been deposited in their accounts by a builder from Gujrat and other contractors.

He said Nawaz Sharif in the past was said to have received funds from the then Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden to topple the Benazir Bhutto government.

Turning his guns towards the PPP, the PTI MNA said it was the only party whose heads - Asif Ali Zardari and her late spouse - had hired lobbyists in individual capacity to get an NRO.

He said Mark Siegel had been paid $340,000 between 1999 and 2008. Mr Habib said he had a signed copy of Mr Zardari's agreement with Mr Siegel.

He said a heavy amount of $6 million was paid to Mr Siegel and Associates from the national exchequer soon after the PPP came into power. He said...

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