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ISLAMABAD, Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday said that the opposition’s no-trust motion against his government would not only doom but would also pave way for their complete elimination in the upcoming 2023 general elections.

Addressing a conference of overseas Pakistanis, the prime minister expressed his gratitude to the opposition parties for bringing a no-confidence motion against him in the parliament as it had not only stirred all the ranks and files of his party across the country but also helped the people to realize the inner self-centered motives of ‘three stooges.’

“They have fallen to their own trap. I predict, they will not only fail in their no-trust motion but also lose the 2023 elections,” he added.

The prime minister sarcastically pointed out that opposition parties had made the people to forget prices of tomatoes and potatoes.

PM says no trust motion to doom; draws curtains on opposition’s future in 2023 elections

Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing at Pakistan Overseas Conference in Islamabad

“Look at the faces of these three stooges, on one side, people saw Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif, and on the other side, Asif Zardari and Fazlur Rehman. Now all the people are heading towards Islamabad to attend PTI’s gathering,” he added.

Terming the no trust move ‘a special favour from Allah Almighty’, he said that he was fed up with the oppositions’s parties’ oft-repeated chorus over the fate of his government.

The prime minister said now he was fully focused on these three thieves as they did not know the nation. The nation knew it very well how Nawaz Sharif was pampered by former general Jillani, while Shahbaz Sharif delivered fruits baskets and Zardari assumed leadership of the party by selling tickets.

The prime minister challenged the opposition parties to rival PTI in any sector with performance as they would miserably fail.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib on Tuesday urged the Election Commission of Pakistan ( ECP) to start early hearing of the foreign funding case of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Peoples Party.

“We have once again requested the Election Commission in writing that the PML-N and PPP foreign funding case should be heard as soon as possible ,” said the Minister of State while talking to the media here outside the ECP.

The ECP should activate its scrutiny committee immediately so that it could complete its report regarding the two parties’ foreign funding , Farrukh Habib said.

He said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was the first political party, which had launched political fund raising in Pakistan.

Terming the overseas Pakistanis assets of the nation, he said they were now sending $30 billion remittances annually, which stood at $18 billion per annum during the PML-N government. Some 9 million overseas Pakistanis, he added, had full confidence in Imran Khan and PTI’s members paid membership fee on annual basis.

There was propaganda against the PTI that it had received illegal foreign funding which was totally baseless, he added. Pointing towards the persons standing around him, he said they were the people, who gave foreign funds to the party.

“Anyone including Maryam Safdar, Bilawal Zardari or Shebhaz Sharif want to meet these persons, they should come here,” he added. The minister said now the cat had come out of the bag as it was proved that Akbar S Babar was receiving funds from the PML-N. Today, Maryam Safdar herself had come to the Election Commission in connection with the case of Akbar S Babar, he added, and claimed that she (Maryam Safdar) did not even have the record of her party’s foreign funding.

He asked Maryam to inform the source of Rs 650 million received by the PML-N and also disclose who had been running the accounts of dead people till 2017. He said the ECP’s scrutiny committee did not hold any meeting for last three months to audit the accounts of PPP and PML-N accounts. Everyone should be treated equally, he remarked.

The PTI, he added, had fully cooperated with the scrutiny committee and given its all record to it. He said ironically Fazlur Rehman, who had been trying to dictate the institutions, had himself taken funds from Libya. Farrukh asked the PPP to tell about its 12 secret accounts.

“Why did the PPP make payments to US lobbyist Marc Siegel, and why are the PML-N and the PPP registered as limited companies in the United Kingdom and the United States?” he questioned. Maryam Safdar, Fazlur Rehman and Asif Zardari should submit details of their party accounts to the panel, he added.

PTI leader from Germany Tariq Javed said the allegation of foreign funding against the party was baseless. Every member of PTI living in Europe paid 36 euros as annual fee, he added.

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