Foreign funding case: British journalist raises question on funds sent to PTI from UK

Foreign funding case: British journalist raises question on funds sent to PTI from UK

Arif Naqvi of Abraaj group. File photo
  • British Journalist Simon Clark explained his Financial Times story on the PTI’s foreign funding. 
  • Says the people who donated for a charity match didn’t know where their money is headed. 
  • Says under Pakistan’s law no company can bankroll a political party but Abraaj did.

British journalist Simon Clark of the Financial Times, who reported on PTI’s overseas sponsorship, said those who donated to the charity cricket match were unaware that their money was being used to fund the charity. election campaign of a political party in Pakistan.

Speaking on Geo News’ “Aaj Shazaib Khanzada Kay Sath” on Monday, Clark said, “When I told them [their money] was going to PTI, they were surprised.”

He said guests at the podium knew their money would be spent on “charity efforts”, but they did not know specifically what charity match or activity.

British reporter says PTI has admitted that Arif Naqvi’s company, Wootton Cricket Limited, sent him $2.1 million. Of this total, $1.3 million came from Naqvi’s Abraaj business. “Pakistani citizens abroad do not send this money,” he explained.

He said Sheikh [Mohamed bin Zayed] Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates donated $2 million to Wootton Cricket, adding that Naqvi and his associates, in Abraaj’s email, can be seen training to talk about sending $1.2 million out of $2 million to PTI, while also mentioning that the money was sent by a Sheikh of the Abu Dhabi royal family. The money was transferred to Pakistan through the bank accounts of Tariq Shaif and Insaf Trust.

Abraaj’s email clearly states that the money is for PTI, Clark said. But PTI denied this, saying it was not aware that Sheikh Al Nahyan had financed the party’s election campaign.

The investigative reporter said it was possible that the money raised in Wootton was used for charitable purposes other than charity.

He noted that under Pakistani law, no company is allowed to sponsor political parties

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