Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – A day after Imran Khan’s “lack of salary records” made headlines, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief held a press conference at Bani Gala to refute the allegations of money laundering and tax evasion levelled against him.


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“Everyone knows that I earned money abroad and brought it back to Pakistan, and purchased Bani Gala from that money — I will show you those documents right now,” said Khan on Sunday. “How does that equate to money laundering?”

“I used to pay tax abroad, so if anyone should be worried, it should be them [the UK government]. As far as the declaration of assets is concerned, everyone knows that I had an apartment in London,” said the PTI chief.

The first case filed against me by PML-N questioned how the money from my London flat’s sale came to Pakistan, said Khan. “It came through Jemima; she sent all [the details of] her bank accounts, which have been submitted to the Supreme Court (SC),” he elaborated. “The money from the flat’s sale was given to Jemima who then sent it to Pakistan — those transactions are in the statements that have been presented in the SC.”

He said that people donate money to his charities because they trust him. “They give me their money because they think I am an honest person who will not take advantage of their wealth. People give me donations for the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH); two of which have been built [in Lahore and Peshawar], while a third is being built in Karachi.”

Lashing out at PML-N’s Khawaja Asif, who had accused Khan of investing charity money in France and Oman, he said that if the minister had any proof of discrepancies in SKMCH’s accounts, then he should take his objections to court. “It [the hospital] runs on donations and we have audit reports as proof.”