ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - According to information released on Friday, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, (PTI) has hired a lobbying firm with offices in Washington to help the party achieve its objective of strengthening ties with both the American government and the Pakistani diaspora in the U.S.
The news follows allegations that the party is attempting to repair its relationship with the Joe Biden administration. According to the PTI, the U.S. was allegedly involved in a plot to oust the Imran Khan-led government by aiding the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).
The lobbying firm's main client is PTI USA, which has its headquarters in New York. The company has been contracted to handle the public relations and media relations for PTI USA for six months at $25,000 per month.
David Fenton of Fenton/Arlook and Salman Ravala, an attorney for PTI USA, signed the contract on August 1st.
According to the contract signed between PTI and the P.R. agency, "Fenton/Arlook shall provide public relations services, including but not limited to distribution of information to and briefing of journalists, placement of articles and broadcasts, arranging interviews with representatives or supporters of PTI, advising on social media efforts, and other such public relations services."
Fenton/Arlook will collect a $25,000 monthly retainer fee plus expenses for this service. It continued, "To cover work in August and September 2022, payment of two months' worth of fees in advance, or $50,000, plus an expense advance of $5,000, is due on or before August 15th, 2022.
Imran Khan, the chairman of the PTI, stated that the U.S. had threatened to overthrow his government because of his independent foreign policy; however, neither the U.S. nor PDM accepted this accusation.
The PTI chairman recently had a private video conference with U.S. Ambassador Donald Bloom as the party has been working to mend its relations with the U.S.