PML-N running dirty campaign against Imran, says Shafqat Mehmood

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Friday rejected the demand for a bi-partisan parliamentary committee to probe Ayesha Gulalai’s allegations against party chairman Imran Khan.

PTI’s Shafqat Mehmood, speaking at a press conference, said: “We will not accept the committee of our political rivals. We are ready for the probe, but investigation on the issue must be transparent.”

“When political rivals will be investigating the case how could it be independent and transparent?” he asked.

The ruling party is running a dirty campaign against Imran Khan, he claimed.

“In the past, they have used the same tactics against Benazir Bhutto and Nusrat Bhutto,” he added.

He said even though PML-N’s Daniyal Aziz worked day and night, he did not get the role in the cabinet he was aiming for. He said that people who claim to be a part of the civil society are now attacking the judiciary and the judicial process, while creating a bad impression.

He said Chaudhry Nisar was sidelined while nominating the cabinet members, and his absence in today’s oath taking ceremony is self-explanatory.

“Khwaja Asif has been given the interior ministry, even though he is not equipped with necessary diplomatic etiquettes,” said the PTI leader.

Earlier, the National Assembly passed a resolution, calling for the formation of a committee to probe Gulalai’s allegations against Imran Khan.

The resolution, put forward by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Arfa Khalid, calls for the committee to hold in-camera proceedings over the issue and submit its investigation report in a month.

The speaker has been asked to form the committee and include members of both treasury and opposition benches in it.

The resolution was supported by the PML-N, PPP and MQM.

PTI members were not present in the assembly when the resolution was taken up.

PTI’s Yasmin Rashid, while talking to the media, said that the schedule of NA-120 elections has been announced by the ECP and that the PTI has challenged the said ‘voter lists.’ She has claimed that PML-N is doing pre-poll rigging in NA-120, adding that the PML-N members are completely capable of stooping to that level.