PML-N-PTI allegations: Nisar calls for judicial probe to end sparring

Tells PTI chief to select judges to investigate tax evasion, money-laundering allegations.


Zia Khan August 10, 2012

ISLAMABAD:


Leader of the Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has proposed a judicial probe into a series of allegations levelled by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf against each other to settle their bitter slanging match once and for all.


Addressing the media Thursday evening, Nisar asked PTI chief Imran Khan to choose judges of his liking to investigate allegations of tax evasion and money-laundering by the former cricket star and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif.

Nisar, who belongs to the PML-N himself, had earlier this week accused Imran of not paying any taxes throughout his career as a cricketer.

Addressing the PTI chief, the opposition leader said, “Let’s go to any court of your choice, choose the judges you like and put your facts against our leadership on the table … we will do the same.”

“If what you say is true, you will be honoured by the nation …otherwise we will get the respect,” Nisar added, throwing a stiff challenge to the PTI chief whose party’s steep rise in recent months had been known to bother the PML-N.

“We will not let you run away from it … we will take it to the logical end because this is not something that can be settled through the media. This needs to be addressed at a proper forum,” he said.

The verbal sparring between the arch rivals started last week when PML-N stalwart MNA Khawaja Asif accused Imran of “gambling” away donations he received for building a cancer hospital, in the international real-estate market.

Imran refuted the claim and hit back with equally high-sounding allegations against PML-N leaders, accusing them of evading taxes and plundering the national wealth during their regime to acquire property in London and establish businesses in the UK and Saudi Arabia.

In fact, the PTI chief was the first to announce a plan for taking legal action against Khawaja and Nisar. However, there has been no follow-up from the PTI camp so far. Nisar said Imran was not ready to approach the court against the Sharifs since he does not have any proof and his allegations were based on a book written by author Raymond Baker, carrying corruption cases of all Pakistani leaders including President Asif Ali Zardari.

“Imran challenged to sue us in the court and is now running away from it. He should apologise to the nation for levelling false allegations,” Nisar said, referring to PTI chief’s earlier remarks against the Sharifs based on Baker’s book.

The opposition leader further questioned why Imran chose to stay mum over the alleged corruption of President Zardari and military generals, as claimed in the book.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2012. 

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COMMENTS (14)

pak sar zameen shad baad | 8 years ago | Reply

Think. does Imran khan need a job as a "politician". he is already a successful in whatever he has chosen to do in his life; recognised by other nations as well. A respected human being.

PML is already broken into two after 1997.(other part Q is sitting in Quomi assembly with PPP and for God Sake, don't close your eyes whats happening in the country at the moment. M PML N leaders flee to S Arabia when they see their hands are tied when musharaf routed him out of power. Why did not he stayed in the country instead and stood by Pakistani nation in that difficult times. when so called dictator came into power where was he? Imran Khan has always spoken about every ill doer in Pakistan whether its PML N OR PPP all of Status Quo. For the sake of Pakistan if he has shaken Hands with Sheikh Rasheed.. Where the problem lies.. because he is not going for PML N. Here is the problem?? Isnt it? Come on Pakistani Nation.Bring a change in your thinking your attitude your System. Vote for change!!!! Vote for PTI

jawaid iqbal | 8 years ago | Reply

We all pakistani see Imran Khan and its PTI as a party of Hypocrate they always deceive the innocent nation.See Imran khan attitude he is only victimizing pmln and he has no other job.The people of pakistan must realise the great conspiracy of dividing the punjab.Some are traping the people of saraiki belt and some are traping in the name of pti.The main goal is to destroy the pmln by hooks or by crooks.These forces are trying their utmost to let down pmln in punjab.Imran has given this agenda to complete.If imran is truthful that he is working for the sake of pakistan then why he never opens his lips against other wrongdoers.In fact he is afraid of them.This is not fair game mr Imran khan I was your fan but I found your injustice on part of PMLn only I very strongly dislike your attitude.The people of pakistan who have a very poor memory must see your historical talk shows in Geo capital talk where you chided and snubbed sheikh Rasheed and he cried on you as enemies but today you are joining sheikh rasheed.Imran also put a case in scotland against mqm and said a lot against this party but now he is friend.There are many other examples of which i can cite here but it will be waste of time.See your truthfulness and decide by yourself that are you a leader the nation can bank upon you.What you said in the past is totally reversed by you now and what you say now will be totally reversed in the future.We feel regret for you.

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