PPP asks ECP to provide details of assets owned by Imran, Vawda

Published December 21, 2018
Three-member PPP delegation asked ECP chief to provide details of PTI's foreign funding case. — File photo
Three-member PPP delegation asked ECP chief to provide details of PTI's foreign funding case. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: In what appears to be a tit-for-tat move, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Thursday approached the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to seek details of assets of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda which they had submitted with their nomination papers at the time of contesting the July 25 elections.

A three-member PPP delegation comprising party secretary general Farhatullah Babar, MNA Dr Nafeesa Shah and Punjab general secretary Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed met ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad and also asked him to provide them details of the foreign funding case against the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) which had been filed by a party dissident Akbar S. Babar.

The move from the PPP came hours after PTI’s Sindh MPA Khurram Sherzaman filed an application with the ECP in Karachi, seeking the disqualification of PPP co-chairperson and former president Asif Ali Zardari for allegedly concealing his foreign assets.

Talking to Dawn, Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed said that the party planned to seek details of assets of Aleema Khanum, the sister of Prime Minister Imran Khan, from the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), besides seeking details of the businesses of former secretary general of the PTI Jahangir Tareen from the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) in the next couple of days.

A party leader says details of assets of Aleema Khanum from FBR and Tareen’s from SECP will also be sought

Chaudhry Manzoor said that though details of assets of Mr Khan and Mr Vawda were available on the official website of the ECP, they wanted “certified copies” which were required for legal proceedings.

The PPP leader said that if the ECP and other institutions did not provide them the details, then the party would be justified in believing that, prima facie, all assets owned by Aleema Khanum and Mr Vawda and those in the name of the party actually belonged to Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Denying that the party had taken this step in response to the application filed by the PTI seeking Mr Zardari’s disqualification, he recalled that the party had been raising these issues for the past many months at every forum.

He said the future line of action in this regard would be announced by the legal team of the party.

Earlier, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari presided over a meeting of the party’s parliamentary group in the Parliament House.

Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, a spokesman for the PPP chairman, when contacted, said that in the meeting the participants mostly discussed matters related to the parliamentary proceedings.

He, however, said that in the meeting the party leaders expressed their concerns over the ongoing media trial of the opposition leaders by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the PTI.

Mr Khokhar said the party had decided to respond to the government’s “propaganda” in an effective manner and at every forum.

Published in Dawn, December 21st, 2018

Opinion

ECP roars back
Updated 19 Jun 2021

ECP roars back

The bill is a shocking manifestation of the PTI government’s unilateral push to have its way.
Meeting at the top
19 Jun 2021

Meeting at the top

There must be the will to listen, to confer and to compromise...
Budgeting with constraints
Updated 18 Jun 2021

Budgeting with constraints

The budget strategy will deliver growth but raises the risk of external account stress.

Editorial

19 Jun 2021

NA peace — for now

AFTER a session of utter pandemonium and a distasteful war of words, normalcy finally returned to the National...
India uranium theft
Updated 19 Jun 2021

India uranium theft

REPORTS emerging from India about the theft of uranium and possible sale on the black market should be a cause for...
19 Jun 2021

KCR rigmarole

THURSDAY’S proceedings in the Supreme Court clearly demonstrated how divided the stakeholders are when it comes to...
Poll bill reservations
Updated 18 Jun 2021

Poll bill reservations

Reforming the electoral process is vital for Pakistan, and doing so by taking everyone on board is equally important.
18 Jun 2021

E-fund transfer fee

THE State Bank’s decision to withdraw the facility of free of cost digital fund transfer services is disappointing...
18 Jun 2021

Gaza bombed again

MEMORIES of last month’s savage assault by Israel targeting Gaza had not yet faded when earlier this week news...