Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Friday lambasted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan over his claims of being offered Rs10 billion by the government to back down from the Panamagate case.
Addressing the media, the Punjab law minister said, “Imran Khan is not worth spending Rs10 on, let alone Rs10 billion.”
Criticising PTI for using “unethical tactics to pressurise institutions”, Sanaullah said the PTI chief’s decision to hold a rally in Islamabad today is contempt of court. “He is fooling the nation. Imran kept saying he will accept the top court’s verdict in the Panamagate case, and now that the verdict has been given, he is holding rallies which are illegal, unethical and against the constitution. By holding rallies, he [Imran] only wants to pressurise the Supreme Court and JIT.”
Further, referring to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s ‘secret’ meeting with an Indian business tycoon on Thursday, Sanaullah said the premier has business relations with Sajjan Jindal and the matter should not be politicised. “There was no backdoor diplomacy taking place,” he said.
Imran’s incendiary allegations that PM Nawaz tried to bribe him to look the other way in the Panama Papers case came on Thursday with the latter’s legal team advising to file a defamation suit.
The government is considering filing a defamation case against the PTI chief on his incendiary allegations that the Sharif family had offered him Rs10 billion to back off from the Panamagate case. Legal wizards of the government disclosed this during a meeting at the PM’s House. They were giving another briefing to the premier on different aspects of the apex court’s verdict in the Panamagate case.
Some legal experts have recommended the government to engage Imran in a legal battle on what they call gratuitous claim. “This thing has to be stopped now. He should not be given an open licence to say whatever he wants,” a close aide of the prime minister told The Express Tribune.