Former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has termed the close aide of former first lady Bushra Bibi, Farah Khan, as “absolutely innocent”.
In a press conference today, the former premier stated that the corruption investigation against Farah Khan was “political vendetta” against him.
The PTI chairman’s comments come days after the national accountability watchdog launched an investigation against Farah Khan for possession of assets beyond means.
The National Accountability Bureau had said that a huge turnover of Rs847 million had been discovered in an account belonging to Farah Khan during the past three years.
In the press conference today, Imran Khan invoked the fact that Farah Khan was not a public office holder, implying that an investigation could not be conducted against her.
Imran Khan said that Farah Khan had been working in real estate and indicated that people associated with that business had made a lot of money in recent years.
The former premier emphasised that Farah Khan was completely innocent and a proper hearing should be carried out.
Furthermore, the PTI chairman said that he was presenting a white paper about the ruling coalition’s corruption cases launched in their own tenures from 2008 to 2018 so that the people could know about them.
The former premier alleged that the new government was doing away with cases, which was their true interest.
He said that Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were on bail in the Panama Papers case, while the former had three properties along with businesses abroad, calling it the ‘tip of the iceberg’.
He added that there were money laundering cases against members of the current government.
He further alleged that they [the government] had transferred the investigator and investigating officer, while the special prosecutor had been told not to come.
The former prime minister also alleged that a drain using the public’s money was built towards the Ramzan Sugar Mills and that Shehbaz Sharif had used the prime minister’s plane in the past.
He also stated that the record of corruption cases against members of the ruling government might disappear soon and the current rulers would resume money laundering activities.
The former prime minister also talked about the Masjid-e-Nabwi incident and termed the case against him and other PTI leaders “foolish”.
He added that the government should be ashamed while laying down accusations that he [Imran] had planned the incident.
Imran Khan also criticised Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja and said that his party had no confidence in him.
He also spoke about the party’s march to Islamabad in May, and said that it would be the “biggest ever”.
He said that he wanted the country to understand that this would be the biggest movement, and added that it would be peaceful.