PML-N warns Imran Khan of law suit over bribery allegations

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PML-N has warned Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan of a lawsuit, giving him three days to reveal the identity of the person who allegedly offered Imran Khan a bribe of R. 10 billion in order to keep quiet about the Panama papers.

In a video leaked to social media websites earlier this week, PTI chairman Imran Khan could be heard claiming that the large offer was made through a ‘middle-man’ who he refused to name.

Maryam Nawaz Sharif was quick to discredit Khan’s claims calling him a “liar”.

“If Imran Khan does not provide the name in three days, we will file a defamation notice and a claim in a court of competent jurisdiction,” the Punjab government spokesman warned.

There has been a lot of speculation over the identity of the man who is said to have made the Rs10bn offer, or if there was one at all, with some commentators demanding that it is squarely in the public’s interest to know who the person offering the bribe was and whether there is any merit to Khan’s claims at all.

Talking to a private news channel, PTI’s Asad Umar said Imran Khan should never have spoken about the offer without having first consulted the person who made it. However, he too said he ‘knows’ who the person in question is.

This is not the first time Imran Khan has been threatened with a lawsuit. In October 2016, Punjab Chief Minsiter Shahbaz Sharif filed a Rs26bn defamation lawsuit against Imran Khan.