Imran Khan claims Sharif family using govt machinery to blackmail political opponents


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday claimed that Sharif family is using state machinery to blackmail their political opponents.

Khan gave these remarks in a message posted on Twitter.

He said that the PML-N led government should ‘probe and prosecute’ if it has evidence of wrongdoing against anyone.

Khan said that whenever Sharif family’s wrongdoings are exposed, they target political opponents through innuendos and blackmail.

He further stated that PTI leader Jahangir Tareen has given documentary proof of no loan write offs and he will be seeking legal action against those hurling false accusations against him.

Khan has already announced a protest movement against the prime minister and his government in reaction to the Panama Papers.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Friday he would ask the Supreme Court set up an investigation into revelations about his finances made in the leaked Panama Papers, bowing to opposition demands to strengthen the enquiry.

Earlier this month, leaked documents from the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama showed Sharif‘s sons Hassan and Hussain and daughter Maryam owned at least three offshore holding companies registered in the British Virgin Islands.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which studied the papers, said those companies, had engaged in at least $25 million in property and acquisition deals. Mossack Fonseca denies any wrongdoing, as does Sharif.

Sharif and his family have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, saying that assets were legally acquired through the family s network of businesses and industries in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.

Political opponents however, have alleged that the assets were gained through corruption during Sharif s previous two stints as prime minister in the 1990s.