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Shibli terms PDM protest outside ECP as pressurizing, intimidating state institutions

Shibli terms PDM protest outside ECP as pressurizing, intimidating state institutions
January 17, 2021

ISLAMABAD (92 News) - Minister for Information Shibli Faraz has declared the protest of opposition's Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) as pressurizing and intimidating state institutions.

Addressing a press conference, the minister said that the opposition’s anti-government movement has become a part of the past. "They [opposition] have played all their cards but got nothing but shame and now the PDM is going to play their last card," he added.

"The PDM’s protest outside the ECP office is to pressurize a national institution, adding that Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said he would appear before National Accountability Bureau (NAB) with his entire party when he received notice from the anti-graft watchdog. These people [opposition] want to threaten the national institutions by bringing group of people,” Sibli Faraz mentioned.

He asked opposition parties to submit record of their foreign funding to the Election Commission of Pakistan instead of pressurizing and intimidating state institutions.

"Opposition parties under the platform of PDM have united to cover up their corruption they done in the past," he said and added the people of Pakistan have rejected the opposition's narrative.

the information minister said that the ruling PTI has submitted record of donations it received from workers and sympathizers abroad to ECP s scrutiny committee. He said that record of 40,000 notarized and authenticated transactions undertaken through proper banking channels has been submitted to the ECP.

The minister said that Pakistan People's Party, PML-N, and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl are reluctant to submit record of donations worth billions of rupees to ECP's scrutiny committee.

Speaking on the occasion, Farrukh Habib said that ECP has issued three different orders asking the PML-N, the PPP, and the JUI-F to submit record of their funding, but to no avail. He said PML-N has shown a media expenditure of 700 million rupees and they have to tell the ECP, on which media house, they have spent this huge amount. Similarly, six million dollars were paid from national exchequer to US lobbyist Mark Siegel by the PPP government in past. He said PML-N is registered in the United Sates and the United Kingdom and asked as when it will give record of its fundraising in these countries.