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Govt should launch probe instead of issuing statements: Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD, 18 MAY  (DNA) –  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday has offered himself for accountability asking the government to look into his earnings and investigate whether he has concealed assets and palaces or not.

Imran Khan delivered a speech in the National Assembly (NA) after Khurshid Shah explained opposition s viewpoint on Panama leaks. Khan started off by saying that Pakistan is the only country that was founded in the name of Islam.

He said that it is opposition’s duty to question the government if it misuses public and taxpayers’ money. Parliament is of no use if the opposition misses check on the government, he said. Khan said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf participated in the walkout over Prime Minister’s absence in sessions.

He said that he wanted to comment on premier’s statement over his  palace  in Bani Gala. While talking about his residence and accountability, Khan said that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) are after Sharif family and not him. Rs 60,000 of taxpayers’ money are spent on each minute of a Parliament’s session, he said.

Khan said that opposition did not leak Mossack Fonseca’s documents but a third party did. He was declared an infidel during an election campaign in 1997, he added. He said that Prime Minister’s sons, living abroad, should register themselves as citizens there too. PTI chief cited examples of foreign leaders who resigned over corruption accusations during his speech.

Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre has been under attack in the past numerous times, Khan said. But, he said it stood strong against all the tests. Khan also offered the government to investigate flow of funds in and out of Shaukat Khanum hospital.

Critising government’s alleged strategy to malign him, PTI leader said that at least four ministers used to censure him on daily basis. It has been over six weeks that the government is alleging others of corruption when all opposition wants it is to address corruption accusations.

British Prime Minister David Cameron explained his position in the House and not accused others after Panama leaks surfaced, he added. Democracy’s defense is the people of the country and not armed forces, opposition or the government, he said.

Talking about the much awaited point, his flat in London that was bought using an offshore company, Khan said that his accountant told him that it was completely legal and he never hid its ownership ever.

He said that all his wealth was earned abroad and he shifted that money to Pakistan. He had told the Prime Minister, in a casual conversation, about purchasing the apartment, he said. He was not a British citizen and thus was liable to pay tax on the apartment if there was no offshore company, he added.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had gifted him a plot after Pakistan won cricket worldcup in 1992. He was given two plots on different occasions both of which were donated to the cancer hospital, he added.

Foreign investment during Pakistan Muslim League-e-Nawaz (PML-N) government is lesser than that during Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) tenure, he said. Khan denounced PML-N’s accusations leveled against the opposition of hindering country’s development by protests and sit-ins.

 He said that International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief, while addressing a summit, had said that corruption-stricken countries could not develop unless leaders are not held accountable. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman said that over 2.5 crore children in the country are not getting education.  DNA

 






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