ISLAMABAD: Opposition leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Sunday that the assets declared by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan were “not enough”. Pointing out the flaws in Khan’s assets declaration, Nisar said that the PTI Chairman had mentioned why he didn’t pay taxes but failed to reveal all his sources of income.
While criticising Khan at a press conference in Islamabad, the opposition leader blasted Khan for “earning millions and not paying taxes for 20 years.”
Replying to Khan’s claim that the money he received through the World Cup was tax-free “according to a law that was drafted by Nawaz Sharif,” Nisar explained that taxes have to be paid to the country where the income was generated.
Nisar said that Khan had only revealed that the land he possesses is worth “around Rs145,000/kanal,” however he did not mention the total cost of the 300 kanal land he owns.
The opposition leader said that Khan has always said, on several occasions, that he had brought this piece of land with money he received after selling off a flat abroad. But, Nisar pointed out, Khan’s documents stated that someone gifted him the plot.
Nisar was responding to Khan’s declaration of assets during a press conference in Islamabad earlier in the day, where the PTI Chairman challenged all political party leaders to do the same. The opposition leader said that both Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif have paid many lakhs in taxes through their business ventures.
Continuing his critique, the PML-N leader said that Khan’s politics revolved around accusing people of various crimes via the media. He said “media trials” hold little value over presenting or registering a case in court. Clarifying the PML-N’s position on corruption, Nisar said the party had proposed a bill demanding the formation of a tribunal to investigate assets of various politicians, but not one political party was prepared to support the bill.
Nisar questioned why Khan rarely criticised President Asif Ali Zardari, who was implicated in international money scam cases, however “he [Imran Khan] frequently criticizes the PML-N.”
Nisar also questioned how Khan could bring about a revolution with the “Musharraf league’s trash”.