ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has on Thursday defended his use of ‘laanath’ for parliament by saying that given the context it was actually a mild word to use.
In a series of tweets, Imran Khan said that when a parliament passes a person-specific law in order to allow him to head a party despite having been disqualified by the Supreme Court over ‘Rs 3 bn money laundering, tax evasion, concealment of assets, forgery & perjury’, the parliament deserved the ‘laanath’.
He went on to say that the word was in fact quite mild in this specific context and then challenged those who disagreed to do a public poll in order to learn what the public actually thought about the parliament. Imran Khan had used the aforementioned word for the parliament during his speech in Lahore at the protest sit-in by the joint opposition.
After these two explosive tweets, the PTI chief announced a press conference in the afternoon where he claimed to make another set of ‘explosive revelations’. PTI Chairman reiterated his stance regarding the parliament. “When a Parliament, which must protect [the] nation’s interests, passes a person-specific law allowing a disqualified person guilty of Rs3bn money laundering, tax evasion, concealment of assets, forgery and perjury to become head of a [political] party, then such a law is a “laanath” on [parliament],” Khan wrote in a tweet.
Imran Khan levelled several charges of money laundering against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family, alleging that millions of rupees were laundered through employees of the Sharif family and Punjab Police.
Addressing a press conference, Imran claimed that the Sharif family was involved in money laundering worth Rs1.14 billion through FZE Capital, Hills Metal and other companies abroad, adding that Nawaz Sharif sent Rs800 million to his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif who then sent back Rs25 million to him. “They use Punjab Police to launder money….no wonder the state of the police in the province,” he said, adding that the Hudaibiya Paper Mills was also established to launder money. “We are talking about the prime minister of this country who was doing this,” he said.
“Had this been a civilised nation, he would have been in jail rather than asking ‘mujhe kyun nikala’ (why was I thrown out)?” Khan alleged that the family was involved in laundering money through a network of 16 companies, including FZE Capital and Hill Metals — the chairman of which is Hussain Nawaz Sharif. He alleged that transactions through bank accounts of multiple people, who, he said, were drivers and other employees of Nawaz, employees of Sharif Medical City and constables of Punjab police, reveal that the companies were solely created for the purpose of money laundering.