Powerless men go to jail while the powerful get NROs, says Imran Khan

Published: November 14, 2012
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Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Imran Khan talks to media persons during a press conference with Air Marshal (R) Asghar Khan at PTI Central Secretariat on Wednesday. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID

Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Imran Khan talks to media persons during a press conference with Air Marshal (R) Asghar Khan at PTI Central Secretariat on Wednesday. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID

Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Imran Khan talks to media persons during a press conference with Air Marshal (R) Asghar Khan at PTI Central Secretariat on Wednesday. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID Says ending corruption and collecting tax required to pull Pakistan out of this quicksand. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Irked by inaction on the Supreme Court’s order in the NRO implementation case, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan said Wednesday that it was merely the powerless men who have to endure jail terms while the powerful get NROs.

Speaking at a PTI press conference in Islamabad and criticising politicians, Khan said, “These people have made politics into a business and they don’t let any inquiries be conducted.”

He called this the biggest problem of Pakistan.

“A powerful man steals in the country and gets the NRO,” he said, referring to Younus Habib, the owner of Mehran Bank implicated in the Mehrangate case for allegedly having a hand in the creation of the IJI.

“This was also the NRO, they did not let an inquiry be conducted and did not let him be sentenced,” said Khan.

“Only the powerless man goes to jail and this is the tragedy today,” he added.

Khan said that Pakistan was in quicksand.

“Who collects tax and who will end corruption?” he said was the question that needed to be answered.

“The one who cannot do this cannot pull Pakistan out of this quicksand,” he added.

Referring to certain politicians, he said that those who themselves “have allegations against them of taking  Rs3.5 million and those who have Rs5 billion in Switzerland yet say they will not tell” cannot pull the country out of this quicksand.

“They will save each other and not take any action except for this noorakushti and giving statements,” said the PTI chief.

He asked why the Supreme Court’s order had not yet been implemented. “When the time for the real job comes, i.e. to investigate, where is the FIA inquiry?” Khan said.

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  • Zeux
    Nov 14, 2012 - 1:10PM

    Imran Khan is the future of Pakistan.

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  • Noor
    Nov 14, 2012 - 1:10PM

    Mr.Khan you are right.We want result of this Asghar khan case.Recommend

  • gulmina
    Nov 14, 2012 - 1:11PM

    so why was President Zaradri sent to prison for 8 years?

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  • adeel
    Nov 14, 2012 - 1:16PM

    Nawaz Sharif give License to Younus Habib for Mehran Bank in 1991. If Younus Habib is so dishonest according to Nawaz Sharif then why issued license to him for Mehran Bank. Also in 1992, Ittefaq Foundaries get Rs. 20 Crore Loan from Mehran Bank, which later write off.

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  • Lahori
    Nov 14, 2012 - 1:19PM

    Lets bash IK!!

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  • Shakeel N
    Nov 14, 2012 - 1:22PM

    Pakistanis needs to vote sensibly this time. They have to choose those who they believe are good for nation and not for themselves. They have to elect those who are sincere and honest.

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  • Jazba
    Nov 14, 2012 - 1:28PM

    Well Said Imran Saab!

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  • Hammad
    Nov 14, 2012 - 1:30PM

    This man is a perfect statesman but would you choose him? I think its better to commit suicide than voting for PPP,MQM, ANP, PML etc.Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Nov 14, 2012 - 1:31PM

    Lets proceed further.
    In the shadow of one case, courts were hiding its inefficiency. Now !!!!
    All the 6000 cases are open since 2009, so can anyone without prejudice comment on the progress of those cases.Recommend

  • Uqaab
    Nov 14, 2012 - 1:33PM

    And we have a tax NRO on the way called ‘Amnesty’ scheme

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  • Zain jalali
    Nov 14, 2012 - 1:34PM

    Imran khan we love u .Recommend

  • ali
    Nov 14, 2012 - 1:47PM

    He speaks the truth! Thats why all status-quo forces are against him!

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  • Rana
    Nov 14, 2012 - 1:48PM

    I wish you have chance, though less likely!

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  • cmt
    Nov 14, 2012 - 1:48PM

    Nawaz Sharif we love you,

    @adeel: pls.recheck your statement. NS has refused to give license to YH.

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  • Tahir Naseem
    Nov 14, 2012 - 1:52PM

    InshAllah next Prime Minster of Pakistan.. Vote, support, love and respect for Mr.Khan

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  • Jamal Khan
    Nov 14, 2012 - 1:59PM

    Khan sb you speak the truth as always. Our prayers are with you

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  • Parvez
    Nov 14, 2012 - 2:00PM

    Absolutely agree.

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  • poleturtle
    Nov 14, 2012 - 2:05PM

    Yap Yap Yap !! Where is he going to bring the people from to do all what he says? Europe? Or is he expecting angels to descend from the heavens?? This is all Political rhetoric.

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  • Tariq
    Nov 14, 2012 - 2:06PM

    The difference between leader and politician is that leader worry about next generations and politicians worry about next election.(Nelson Mandela).
    IK is the leader among politicians.

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  • Ahmed Zawar
    Nov 14, 2012 - 2:11PM

    Imran Khan DP this picture!

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  • Rohan
    Nov 14, 2012 - 2:28PM

    The struggle of this man must be fruitful in future. Go PTI Go…

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  • The Truth
    Nov 14, 2012 - 2:47PM

    Sir I’m not a PPP supporter but just so you know in case you missed out, when you were a “baller” in London, President Asif Zardari was in jail…without charges, for 10+ years.

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  • kohiqaf
    Nov 14, 2012 - 3:07PM

    @gulmina:
    First of all he was sent by NS for personal revenge and on corruption charges.

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  • Asfand
    Nov 14, 2012 - 3:09PM

    The only hope for Pakistan.PTI will sweep the next elections.

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  • Bilal
    Nov 14, 2012 - 3:16PM

    My Man Speaks big always !!

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  • ali
    Nov 14, 2012 - 3:20PM

    After falling graph of PTI this person has left with no options but just to issue statements. Keep doing press conferences and issue statements. Wish he could have made his acts as per his statements.Recommend

  • Muhammard Rizwan Ali
    Nov 14, 2012 - 4:01PM

    We people have so much expectation from IK,
    IK will be in so much pressure, if he become PM
    Lets pray for him

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  • SurelySure!!
    Nov 14, 2012 - 4:10PM

    all Politicians especially the new on board ‘always’ come with such big claims but very unfortunate. PTI is composed of ordinary Pakistani politicians so no wonder gonna happen. indeed, I am hopeless!Recommend

  • Nov 14, 2012 - 4:22PM

    Great Leader

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  • Nov 14, 2012 - 4:24PM

    Great leader Imran Khan

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  • ishrat salim
    Nov 14, 2012 - 4:58PM

    @Shakeel N:

    keep dreaming…..people who get voted in power is because of 53 % rural votes…poor haris & their families working like slaves under their Landlords, Sardars, tribal leaders & beradari system etc;….this is the game changer….unless educated & empowered….they will always remain influenced by their masters…..unless changes takes place…democracy will be by name only…

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  • farrukh mahmood
    Nov 14, 2012 - 5:07PM

    thank you mister imran for providing this precious piece of information that otherwise I would never have known.Recommend

  • Hammad
    Nov 14, 2012 - 5:10PM

    Oh Mr. Khan, but what about the Taliban?

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  • Yasir mehmood
    Nov 14, 2012 - 5:49PM

    Abrar ul Haq should be made minister for tax and revenue in next PTI government, :)

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  • Truth Detector
    Nov 14, 2012 - 5:55PM

    Powerless men go to jail while the
    powerful get NROs,

    And that is the story of Pakistan. Simple. Rest of the problems stem from it. IK is absolutely right.

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  • Nov 14, 2012 - 5:59PM

    A man who has failed to stand up to his words every time but people instead of questioning talk high of him. He is a loud mouth and has understood well that nation has poor memory and treat some body as angel and some body as devil but the nation fails to understand that on earth only humans live. He promised case against Altaf Hussain FAILED, He promised case against Khawja Asi FAILED he promised march to North Waziristan FAILED (People do not even remember that he announced March to North Waziristan), He promised lections in PTI FAILED. How can a normal person trust his future promises. Only an Idiot would and in Pakistan IDIOTS are many.Recommend

  • Voice of Gilgit
    Nov 14, 2012 - 6:01PM

    No other leader speak on this issue like him, Granted.Never ever.

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  • Zalim singh
    Nov 14, 2012 - 6:24PM

    He speaks from his experience.

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  • AZIM
    Nov 14, 2012 - 6:30PM

    When will people of Pakistan will understand and realize that only one person on Earth named Mr.Imran Khan can save Pakistan?
    At the moment there is no respects for Pakistan and Pakistani around the globe . we have been treated like 4th world country all over the world.
    Both parties PML-N and PPP are just looting Pakistan. they gave nothing to us , neither in past 25 years, nor they can help and understand our problems in coming years.
    they are working on just one agenda .. support each other in making bank balances.
    Please, it is my humble request to all Pakistani, give at least a chance to Imran Khan. we have already given 2-2 chances to each of these parties with no positive results. it is high time that we as a Pakistani think for success and InshaAllah I am hopeful that Imran Khan can make this happen.

    Please cast your vote to I-M and if he failed, throw him out too, BUT PLEASE TRY HIM OUT.
    REMEMBER HE BROUGHT SUCCESS FOR US IN CRICKET, INSHAALLAH HE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN IN POLITICS TOO..FE AMAN ALLAH

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  • Yusuf
    Nov 14, 2012 - 6:36PM

    I will Vote for President Asif Zardari again. Next five years President Zardari will be able to bring together the urban and rural divide on better terms to strengthen Pakistan economy. Next time around Pakistanis will be working on a new economic model, President Zardari political party the PPP will make difference.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 14, 2012 - 6:38PM

    He wants all prominent political leaders to be disqualified so that he and his kids get few seats. Be assured, this is not going to happen.

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  • ahmad
    Nov 14, 2012 - 6:44PM

    What about generals, judges etc….

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  • Abbas
    Nov 14, 2012 - 6:46PM

    @Yasir Mehmood

    People like you deserve Zardari & NS…

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  • Nov 14, 2012 - 6:47PM

    ” it was merely the powerless men who have to endure jail terms while the powerful get NRO.

    It is a truth ,It has unique resamblance with chaireman’s statement.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Nov 14, 2012 - 6:52PM

    But Mr. Khan – you were a member of the 2002-2007 National Assembly and wiggled your way into this particular parliament through an understanding with Mush. Care to tell us as to how many times during those bygone years did you ever speak on Asghar Khan case, Mehran Bank, Nawaz Sharif taking money from the agencies; inside our outside the parliament?

    On your bleeding heart for ending corruption collection of taxes; you are hereby implored to ask your 45 year old President of PTI’s Youth Wing to either pay up the taxes he owes on a BMW and 23 different bank accounts or sue the FBR and the newspaper which reported such a transgression. While you are at it, please call up your Special Media Advisor Mr. Imran Ismail and inquire from him as to what is his source of income which allows him to commute in a Mercedes E Class and a Cadillac Escalade Sports Utility Truck which by the way does not carry registration plates (blatant disregard for rule of law) and two police guards on Mr. Ismali’s protection duties.

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  • ishrat salim
    Nov 14, 2012 - 6:54PM

    @cmt:

    NS is a product of Gen Zia – a dictator & NS rcvd money from Yonus Habib….what ” integrity ” he has, when criticising others of being product of dictators like Gen M..?

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  • ishrat salim
    Nov 14, 2012 - 7:01PM

    @Yusuf: how much is your share in the loot with these people ? no offence, but the way u r supporting them inspite of daily dose of corruption issues etc; yet yr support means a lot ?

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  • Faisal
    Nov 14, 2012 - 7:03PM

    IK, you are such a loser….Talk some sense man……Don’t always criticize people…..Your party is no different than others…old wine in the new bottle

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  • Truth Detector
    Nov 14, 2012 - 7:11PM

    @Zalim singh
    and how is that? You have to post something no matter if you understand anything or not or has relevance to the issue or not but since you have an Indian name, ET is obliged to publish.

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  • Faisal
    Nov 14, 2012 - 7:24PM

    IK, you supported a dictator (Musharraf) for 3 years and now you are talking about morality. If you are asking NS to quit politics then you should also look at your past and the same applies to you also. Don’t be hypocrite. Everyone has committed mistakes including YOU also. Either forget the past and move forward or all politicians, generals, judges, journalists should be held accountable which includes you also for the crimes they have committed.

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  • Azeem Aslam
    Nov 14, 2012 - 7:32PM

    Ik took stand and now he has to follow it up frequently.
    He is speaking truth. We have to Strengthen the hands of IK to get rid from quiksand.

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  • Samsher
    Nov 14, 2012 - 7:59PM

    You are correct Imran… No Amry General went to jail…. Only Nawaz Sharif and Zardari went to jail…….

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  • Nov 14, 2012 - 8:00PM

    He asked why the Supreme Court’s order had not yet been implemented. “When the time for the real job comes, i.e. to investigate, where is the FIA inquiry?” Khan said.

    Mr. Chairman,
    According to them,the investigation agencey is not dependable,believeable,can not be depend upon it,It has been constituted for powerless poor people.not for NRO holder.

    FIA is for powerful people have right and deserve of NRO,not powerless people who passes through through jail for years under the baseless fabricated cases made on the local high ups’s indications.It is said Thana Culture.

    Mr. chaire,
    The fact of the day is that,a noora dangal is being played.there is unbreakable combination behind the scene.For your knid information,people of Pakistan have decided to break this combination that is horrible conspiracy against the poor people.

    Poor people are drowning in the raging ocean of falling down economy and they are building palaces on the coast.

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  • Nov 14, 2012 - 8:04PM

    Dr.Qadeer khan observed,
    he is a business man know nothing about poitics,
    He added his brother is better than him.

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  • QB
    Nov 14, 2012 - 8:08PM

    @Faisal. Agree that every one has committed mistakes including IK. But the difference is that some people made mistakes that damaged and looted our country. IK’s political mistakes don’t fall in that category, but most of other politician’s mistakes unfortunately resulted in them becoming rich and Pakistanis becoming poor. This is the big difference between IK and others.

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  • Nov 14, 2012 - 8:12PM

    3.5, million dollars??????????????
    5 billion dallars???????????????????????????????
    Zardari is winner,hhahaha,,,,,,,,,,,,hahahahahahahahahahahah
    hohohohohahahahhiihihihihihiahahahahahah………..

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  • Nov 14, 2012 - 8:15PM

    @@@@@@When will people of Pakistan will understand and realize that only one person on Earth named Mr.Imran Khan can save Pakistan?
    At the moment there is no respects for Pakistan and Pakistani around the globe . we have been treated like 4th world country all over the world.
    Both parties PML-N and PPP are just looting Pakistan. they gave nothing to us , neither in past 25 years, nor they can help and understand our problems in coming years.
    they are working on just one agenda .. support each other in making bank balances.
    Please, it is my humble request to all Pakistani, give at least a chance to Imran Khan. we have already given 2-2 chances to each of these parties with no positive results. it is high time that we as a Pakistani think for success and InshaAllah I am hopeful that Imran Khan can make this happen.
    Please cast your vote to I-M and if he failed, throw him out too, BUT PLEASE TRY HIM OUT.
    REMEMBER HE BROUGHT SUCCESS FOR US IN CRICKET, INSHAALLAH HE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN IN POLITICS TOO..FE AMAN ALLAH@@@@ Just read every word keenly and you will understand what Imran Khan supporters are up to? SWEEPING STATEMENTS with only one Logic. He won for us world cup thus we should make him PRIME MINISTER. They here do not even remember the history of World cup How Pakistan reached the Final and Semi Finals. If that country will beat that one and so on. I am afraid on this reasoning all the Cricketers can now hope to become Prime Ministers but I am sure as other countries citizens are much more logical thus world will be saved. A person who has made so many promises and has never been able to fullfill. How can he be trusted?Recommend

  • Nov 14, 2012 - 8:28PM

    vcbcb

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  • kohiqaf
    Nov 14, 2012 - 8:42PM

    @ishrat salim:
    Ultimately there will be true change. Pakistan has never seen such crisis in the past due to the corrupted politicians ruling this country for almost decades. if we could not dream of good future than the worst present is left to watch.Recommend

  • kohiqaf
    Nov 14, 2012 - 8:44PM

    @poleturtle:
    he is not importing rescue from outside the country but within the country, and who will bring this change the staunch youth who are now no more slaves of the family owned political parties.Recommend

  • Abrar
    Nov 14, 2012 - 8:50PM

    Adnan Siddiqi had raised extremely valid questions. Hitherto, I supported Imran but his inaction against men around him leaves doubts whether he is committed to bringing an end to corruption. I need answers from IK or his spokesman. I have never heard them replying to such questions. Abrar ul Haq has also not yet sued the FBR.

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  • Abrar
    Nov 14, 2012 - 8:53PM

    How can IK have negotiations with Taliban who do not believe in Pakistan and its constitution and take pride in killing more than 40 thousand innocent Pakistanis.

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  • Fahad Khan
    Nov 14, 2012 - 9:13PM

    Bravo for challenging the status quo

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  • Tahir Alyana
    Nov 14, 2012 - 9:39PM

    We love u khan.You are the only hope for this nation, Inshallah, we will vote you to power to change pakistan.

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  • Yasir Mehmood
    Nov 14, 2012 - 11:06PM

    @Abbas at least they are not hypocrites :)Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Nov 14, 2012 - 11:59PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi: Ha, ha, ha! Good job! Fair questions but hard ones which these half educated folks don’t like to hear or wish an answer. You have grabbed them right there where it hurts most, just don’t let them wiggle out.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Nov 15, 2012 - 12:10AM

    @Uza Syed:

    Rest assured friend that I am mighty efficient at finding and grabbing these Junior High drop outs “right where it causes excruciating pain.” They will not be allowed to weasel their way out nor would their leader be given a free pass to talk nonsensical gibberish any longer.

    The followers of Deen-e-Lala Land are also requested to shed some light on another scandal which is just about ready to raise its ugly head; financial corruption in PTI, misappropriation of party funds (read Zakat, Chanda, donations etc.) – this is he allegation mentioned specifically in the resignation letter of Rabia Zia and would be fanned rather assidiously in the coming days.

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  • Karim
    Nov 15, 2012 - 10:09AM

    @The Truth:
    I am certain he was there for a reason. However, its a pity that cases could not be proved against him due to inefficient judicial cum investigation methodologies. And one must understand that Money Laundering case are very difficult to prove in our country.

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  • zaigham
    Nov 15, 2012 - 1:15PM

    i would have loved if Javed hashmi had accompanied Imran khan in this press conference along with asghar khan. it would have been perfect “PTI hypocricy” if JH had called NS to step down for taking money from ISI in 1990. just like IK crying about tax theft of others while he himself never paid any tax throughout his career till 2001 and he never mentions the name of young abrar ul haq in the list of tax evaders.

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  • Eman
    Nov 15, 2012 - 9:54PM

    Imran Khan, the Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf keeps roaring on the money of political leaders abroad and how that is affecting our country’s development. Imran Khan is known to be a person of means, and this I am quite certain that he has certain obligations abroad, like an ex-wife and sons living with his ex-wife. Does he send the kids any money or he doesn’t? If he does, he either does it from Pakistan, through remittance or has accounts abroad. If he doesn’t, that would speak volumes about the man who preaches morality, ghairat and honor. These are his personal matters and should not be discussed that much, however, something more public is his accomplished project of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust.

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  • Viqar Raja
    Dec 13, 2012 - 7:00PM

    You look like ediot to me. Who has no vision. Altaf case is pending. Scott Land Yard need evidences from Pakistan. Corrupt government & allies of Altaf do not permit them to come.
    He filed case against Khawaja Asif.
    He took heauge really to South Waziristan bravely. Whereas no politician have courage to go close these area either.
    Party elections are in process.
    Now can you compare him with your other beloved politicians.

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  • Ishrat salim
    Dec 13, 2012 - 11:37PM

    @Faisal:

    If SC order in Asghar khan case is implemented….many politicians including NS stand disqualified……the govt is hesitant to investigate as per SC order because there is case of secret fund use to remove Punjab govt of PML N in SC…..seem understanding reached between PPP and PML N — no investigation no pursue secret fund case in SC…..

    We have tried n tested both major polítical parties….what have they given to the poor? .so, why not try PTI….it will not be worse than what it is today….

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