Shireen Mazari says govt has ‘information’ PDM is receiving foreign funding

Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari on Wednesday said the government had “information” that the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) — an alliance of 11 opposition parties — was receiving foreign funds.
In an exclusive interview with DawnNewsTV, which will be broadcast on Sunday, Mazari said “a lot of foreign funding is being received” by people who are involved in the PDM.
However, the minister stopped short of saying the government had evidence to back up the claim.
“If we get the evidence […] but when we receive hardcore evidence, then it will become the responsibility of the government to take action,” she said, adding “let’s see how things unfold.”
Elaborating on the claim, Mazari said it had come to her knowledge that that evidence was now surfacing regarding funding for the opposition alliance from abroad.
“[I have] heard that a lot of evidence has been found that funding, encouragement is being sent. You know Pakistan has dissident groups abroad. Every country has them, dissident groups from Pakistan are also abroad, the way they are living, after all they are receiving money from somewhere.”
‘Resignation drama’
Responding to another question, the minister said the government was waiting for opposition members in the Parliament to submit their resignations, terming it a “drama”.
“If they want to resign, they should hand [their resignation letters] to the speaker [of the National Assembly] instead of party leaders,” she said.