Imran accuses ruling PML-N of running propaganda against his charities



Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has expressed anguish over the deliberate falsehoods and allegations concocted by the propaganda cell of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and using public money to target his charities.

Khan said that these charities were being targeted with false accusations in a desperate bid to divert public’s attention away from the Panama Papers revelations about the Sharif family’s money laundering, tax evasion and concealment of assets as he had crossed all limits of corruption.

Khan pointed out that first Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust (SKMT) was targeted without verifying any of the allegations despite the fact that the SKMT was spending Rs 4 billion a year to provide free cancer treatment to the poor and needy.

“All this was raised through donations from the public, which has consistently reposed its trust in the SKMT charity. As expected, the propaganda stood immediately exposed as a pack of lies and donations to SKMT rose in the wake of this propaganda attack,” he added.

Khan alleged that the propaganda cell of the ruling party was now set to target Namal College where 90 per cent of students are provided free education culminating in a Bradford University degree, which would otherwise cost a student at least Rs 2 to Rs 3 crore.

“The lies that were spread now stand exposed by a Trustee of Namal College who is also the designated point man for the charity in the UK, Tahir Nawaz,” he added.

Khan said that baseless propaganda was being hatched that UK Charities Commission had begun an investigation into Namal’s charity. He said that Tahir Nawaz informed that Charities Commission hasn’t begun any investigation into any IK charity. In fact the Charities Commission also categorically denied any ongoing investigation.

Furthermore, Tahir Nawaz has also on record pointed out that he had details of all bank accounts and fundraisers and no money was ever sent to Dubai let alone to any of IK’s sisters or offshore investment. Khan also reminded that the accounts of Namal College are in the public domain and can be verified by anyone interested – and Khan has also put them on the social media through twitter.

The chairman PTI said that such vendettas, deliberately targeting charities that were providing excellent services in the medical and educational fields with falsehoods were simply to try and pressure him and his party to stop demanding accountability of the Sharif family in the wake of the Panama Papers’ revelations. “My march is against these criminals” he concluded.