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IPPs funded PML-N election campaign in 2013, claims Imran

IPPs funded PML-N election campaign in 2013, claims Imran

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has levelled a fresh allegation against the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), saying that the party received kickbacks and commissions from Independent Power Produ­cers (IPPs) and used the money to win the 2013 general elections.

The PML-N, however, has rejected Mr Khan’s allegation and called the IPPs a brain child of the previous PPP government.

Talking to reporters after attending hearing of the Panama Papers case in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, Mr Khan said the Sharif family would have never accepted its properties in London if their corruption had not been exposed in the Panama Papers.

Substantiating his claim, the PTI chairman alleged that the PML-N government soon after coming into power paid Rs400 billion outstanding dues to the IPPs because they funded its election campaign.

Talking about the prime minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz, he said the PTI had never claimed that she was facing cases against her. “Our claim is that London flats were purchased by Nawaz Sharif’s money and that the ownership of these flats has not been changed since 1993,” he added.

He said National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq had placed a reference against him in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on which his lawyers had completed his argument and presented his money trail. “The ECP should announce its decision on this reference,” he said.

Speaking at a press conference, Adviser to the PM Musaddiq Malik said that the government had nothing to do with the payment to IPPs. “Payments to the IPPs were released during the previous PPP government,” he added.

He was accompanied by PML-N’s MNA Daniyal Aziz.

Mr Malik said the Sharif family had submitted the wealth assessments of its three generations in the Supreme Court. He said the PTI had so far failed to provide even single evidence against the prime minister in the court. “The PTI has also failed to prove what exactly the case is against Maryam Nawaz,” he added.

“We have presented tax returns details of the prime minister, his son-in-law retired Capt Safdar, Maraym Nawaz, and grandmother of Maryam Nawaz,” the adviser said.

Mr Malik said the government side had submitted evidence in the court to prove that before 2006 the London flats were owned by a Qatari prince.

“We will accept whatever will be the decision of the Supreme Court in the case,” he said.

Mr Aziz said the name of Maryam Nawaz was not included in the PTI petition, but after every hearing of the Panama Papers case PTI leaders levelled allegations against her. He said as the case was advancing, the PTI was trying to twist its stance.

Published in Dawn January 25th, 2017

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