According to latest reports on Friday, it has emerged that PTI has engaged a Washington-based lobbying firm to support the party’s goal of developing good ties with the United States and the Pakistani diaspora in the country. The report claims that the party is making attempts to mend ties with the Joe Biden administration after the PTI had accused US for overthrowing the Imran Khan-led government.
The PTI USA, which is based in New York, is the principal client of the lobbying firm. The firm has been hired for a period of six months at the cost of $25,000 to manage the PTI USA’s public and media relations.
The agreement was signed on August 1 between David Fenton of the Fenton/Arlook and Salman Ravala, the attorney for PTI USA, states the report.
The agreement further states that the PTI USA is not supervised, owned or controlled by any foreign political party but will “in certain instances” be “directed by the foreign political party in Pakistan”, therefore the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
It has also been claimed that the PTI chairman had a secret video call with US Ambassador Donald Bloom.
However, senior PTI leader and former information minister Fawad Chaudhry tried to play down the move.
“I have asked for the Urdu translation of the papers so that journalists and ministers can understand that this is not a lobbying firm but a media relations firm engaged by PTI USA to highlight its point of view in the media,” he said in a tweet.
Such companies, Fawad said, have a job to build relationships in the media with the party.
PTI leader Shireen Mazari also denied reports of Imran Khan having engaged in any calls with US envoy. She also endorsed Fawad Chaudry’s claim and said that PTI USA has hired a media firm to ‘project PTI viewpoint across the USA’.
Source: The News