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  • PDM is all set to stage a protest outdoors the ECP on January 19 
  • The 11-party alliance is staging a protest in opposition to the alleged delay within the determination on international funding case in opposition to the ruling PTI
  • Police say 1,800 personnel shall be deployed within the metropolis on the day of the protest for safety causes

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Democratic Motion (PDM) is all set to stage a protest outdoors of the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) on January 19. To that finish, the Islamabad police have devised a safety plan to keep at bay any untoward incidents. 

In accordance with police, the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Operations shall be supervising the safety preparations and greater than 1,800  personnel shall be deployed within the metropolis for the aim.

Per the plan, all these collaborating within the demonstration must park their automobiles within the normal parking space of the Conference Centre, police mentioned.

On Friday, Inside Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed had mentioned the federal government wouldn’t cease the PDM protest outdoors the election fee if “they abide by the law and Constitution.”

He mentioned the Opposition may “practise its constitutional right” and the federal government would “not create any hurdle for its protest,” however emphasised that the “law would take its course if the Opposition tries to create unrest in the capital.”

Why is PDM protesting?

PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on January 6 introduced the motion will maintain an indication in entrance of the ECP to protest the alleged delay within the determination on the international funding case in opposition to the ruling PTI.

The ECP scrutiny committee has been requested to verify the official report of two US firms registered on PTI chairperson Imran Khan’s directions within the international funding case.

Case background

Akbar S Babar, a founding member of the PTI, had filed a case in opposition to the Imran Khan-led get together in November 2014 claiming in his petition that there have been large monetary irregularities within the dealing with of international funding to the tune of practically $3 million.

Following the petition, the PTI challenged the ECP orders within the IHC in 2017.

In the identical yr, the IHC despatched again the case to the electoral physique to evaluate its jurisdiction as soon as once more. Within the case, the excessive courtroom had additionally declared Babar as a member of the ruling PTI.

Later, on Might 8, 2017, an ECP bench acknowledged that the physique had full jurisdiction over the case. 

In March 2018, a scrutiny committee was shaped to look into PTI’s international funding accounts to find out if there was any wrongdoing.

The PTI at a number of instances has sought secrecy within the scrutiny and had additionally approached the ECP, on this regard. Nevertheless, in October 2019, the ECP turned down the get together’s request.

The PTI chief at a number of instances has accused the ECP of working for the pursuits of the Opposition within the case.

Learn: Bilawal Bhutto could skip PDM protest outdoors ECP on Jan 19: report

‘Opposition should present funding particulars to ECP as an alternative of ‘hiding behind rallies:’ Shibli Faraz 

In response to PDM’s allegations in opposition to the PTI within the international funding case and their demand for the case to be made public, Minister for Data Shibli Faraz on Sunday mentioned that the PTI has turned in all the knowledge sought by the Election Fee of Pakistan pertaining to the get together’s funding and now it’s the Opposition events’ flip.

Talking in regards to the PDM’s January-19 protest outdoors the ECP constructing, Shibli mentioned it’s a “sorry attempt by them to attempt to repeat a pack of lies so much that it starts to seem like the truth”.

“The drama they have staged, [it must be realised], this is not about PTI, it is about all of us. And we have provided an authenticated, notarised record of all the information from our end.

“Now it’s their obligation to come back tomorrow, as an alternative of the day after and inform the individuals whether or not it’s actually us who’re thieves who’ve offered all proof,” the minister said.

He said that after the Opposition parties’ performance over the last two-three months, the Pakistan Democratic Movement is “a factor of the previous”.

“They need to submit their report to the scrutiny committee as an alternative of hiding behind rallies,” mentioned Faraz.

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