ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan responded to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s allegations on Thursday during a press conference in Islamabad. Hurling another set of allegations, Chaudhry Nisar questioned how a person who evaded tax all his life can talk of ending corruption within 90 days.
“At the time when his house was being constructed, there was no mention of where the money was coming from in his tax returns. I am presenting documents regarding a person who did tax evasion for 30 years and did money laundering,” said Chaudhry Nisar, and added that Khan has no livelihood but has international bank accounts.
“When alleging others, he should at least look at himself first. We don’t claim to be angels. Yes, we did some mistakes in the past. But he claims to be an angel. He says he can end tax evasion within 90 days when he himself has evaded tax all his life.”
Clearing Nawaz Sharif
Clearing allegations against Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, Chaudhry Nisar said that his flats in Mayfair were not hidden from anyone and they were bought on loans. “It has been almost 20 years since the flats were bought, but the loans have still not been paid back. It is not something unusual, it is on record.”
Chaudhry Nisar added that all of this is mentioned in the tax returns of Hassan Sharif which also tells where the money came from.
“He [Khan] makes tall claims over here. Why doesn’t he go to the courts over there [London] and say that the flats were bought via money laundering or through wrong means?”
He added that the business is being done by Nawaz Sharif’s children, so they will come and clarify the allegations. “You should also stop hiding behind Shaukat Khanum and respond to the documents I have produced.”
Chaudhry Nisar claimed that the agenda of Khan is similar to that of Interior Minister Rehman Malik and President Asif Ali Zardari. “You brought Raymond Baker’s book in your press conference… In that same book, the most number of allegations are against Asif Zardari. But you don’t see anything against him, you didn’t bring them to the people.”
He added that in the same book, there were several accusations against army generals but Khan did not expose them either.
“You should have been obliged to mention the truth. The allegations in the book, with a footnote, are attributed to an interview of Rehman Malik.
“All eleven accusations you posed are the same as those posed by Rehman Malik when Benazir Bhutto was in power. Some were made into cases, rest are all baseless accusations.”
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