Imran calls Nawaz ‘Godfather’, Shehbaz ‘Chhota Don’


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Monday said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif have both been caught in corruption cases.

Speaking to the media outside the court premises after the hearing of the 2014 sit-in attack cases against him, Imran said that Nawaz was a “Godfather” while Shehbaz Sharif was “Chhota Don”.

He urged the anti-terrorism court (ATC) to also summon Shehbaz Sharif, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Capital Engineering Company Faisal Subhan had revealed that a lot of corruption took place during the Multan Metro Bus project.

He said that Subhan, who took the contract of Multan Metro Bus project, is reportedly missing for the past few days.

The PTI chief also accused the Punjab CM of spending a mammoth amount of Rs 9,000 billion in nine years through his chosen bureaucrats like Ahad Cheema, adding that the profit of Metro Bus projects in Multan and Lahore is being given to the Sharif family. He further demanded to make these projects public.

Earlier, the ATC granted an exemption to Imran Khan from appearing in next hearing of the 2014 sit-in attack cases against him.

Imran Khan appeared in the court and again sought for the exemption which was accepted by the judge.

Earlier, as Judge Shahrukh Arjumand resumed the hearing into the cases, a lawyer representing the PTI chairman informed that his client would reach the court till 10:00 am, upon which the judge ordered a one-hour recess.

On February 23, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) of Islamabad dismissed the appeal of PTI Chairman Imran Khan seeking exemption from appearance in PTV and parliament attack cases during the 2014 sit-in.

The initial hearing over Imran Khan’s plea was conducted by the ATC judge Shahrukh Arjumand.

The court while rejecting Imran Khan’s plea to issue notice before hearing, ordered him to appear before the court on February 26.

In 2014, Khan and PAT Chairman Tahirul Qadri staged a major rally in Islamabad against alleged rigging in the 2013 election and the Model Town tragedy, which had seen as many as 14 people killed and 100 others injured when police attacked Qadri’s residence during an ‘anti-encroachment’ operation.

Khan had threatened to shut down the entire country in what was perceived as a bid to topple the government. The protest had continued for a record 104 days.

On Sept 1, 2014, while the sit-in was still ongoing, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Asmatullah Junejo had been beaten up by protesters on Constitution Avenue as they stormed the Pakistan Television (PTV) headquarters and the precincts of the Parliament.

A case had been registered against Khan, Qadri and others for torturing SSP Junejo and five other police officers. Arrest warrants had also been issued against the two leaders.