Foreign Funding Case: PDM to Protest Outside Election Commission Today

The non-participation of the PPP in steering meeting also indicates that their participation in today's protest is doubtful

Pakistan Democratic Movement, which has been missing from the screen for a few days due to various issues, is now active again and today, it is going to protest in front of the Election Commission regarding the PTI’s foreign funding case as per schedule.

However, the Pakistan People’s Party, a key PDM party, now appears to be on the back foot. The non-participation of the PPP in steering meeting also indicates that their participation in today’s protest is doubtful.

Apart from Maryam Nawaz, Maulana Fazlur Rehman also attended the PDM steering committee meeting and discussed the future course of action in the coming days in detail.

Talking to media after the steering committee meeting, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz said that we do not want undemocratic forces to interfere in politics.

Maryam Nawaz said that Nawaz Sharif had said on the first day that Imran Khan was just a pawn, interference in the democratic process should end now.

“We are not having backdoor contacts with any of them. The government itself is in danger,” she said.

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She said the PDM would decide on the no-confidence motion against the PTI government.

The vice-president of the league was asked that the January 31 deadline was approaching but the government seems relex. On this, Maryam Nawaz said that if the government does not care, then how did the issue of foreign funding, which has been closed for 7 years, come to light?

She further said that after the deadline, the PDM leadership would come together and take further decisions.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman

Talking to media after the PDM steering committee meeting, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had pleaded guilty in the foreign funding case. Yes, but the delay in the decision is raising doubts.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that a full scale protest would be staged in front of the Election Commission.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that the issue of foreign funding is the biggest scandal in political history, the main accused of which is Imran Khan Niazi.

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He said that despite the PTI’s confession in the foreign funding case, the delay in the verdict was raising suspicions.

Asked about Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s participation in the PDM protest, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that no leader is bound to participate in the protest.

Prime Minister Imran Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned the opposition that the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) is allowed to protest peacefully but if the law is broken, then it law will come into force.

A meeting of spokespersons and party leaders was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan, in which the political and economic situation of the country was discussed.

According to sources, at the meeting, the government decided to investigate the Broadsheet issue and the Prime Minister has constituted a committee of ministers on the matter.

Sources said the committee would review the agreement with Broadsheet from 2002 to 2018 and investigate who tried to take advantage.

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The meeting also discussed the issue of protest of Election Commission Foreign Funding and Opposition Alliance PDM. On the occasion, the Prime Minister said that the PDM is allowed to hold peaceful protests, if the law is taken in hand, the law will come into force.

According to sources, the meeting also decided to consult religious scholars on the issue of sit-ins and protests by religious parties. On this, the Prime Minister said that it is a sensitive issue.

On the other hand, Federal Minister for Information Shibli Faraz said that a three-member committee has been formed to probe the Broadsheet issue.

Shibli Faraz will be the convener of the inquiry committee while Shirin Mazari and Fawad Chaudhry will be its members.

The committee will make recommendations on the broadsheet issue within 48 hours and action will be taken against all beneficiaries.

It may be recalled that the opposition alliance PDM will hold a protest outside the Election Commission on January 19 regarding the foreign funding case of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for which the opposition has also completed preparations.

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