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ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – National Assembly proceedings continued on Wednesday (today), which were supposedly held to discuss the serious issue of tax evasion and money laundering by the Prime Minister and other parliamentary leaders, had its share of lighthearted moments as both opposition and government leaders hurled sarcasm-laden accusations and insults at each other.

Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf chairman Imran Khan kicked off the show, while addressing the House on the Panama leaks controversy, described a funny incident that took place many years ago regarding his penthouse flat in London.

He said that when he was telling the then Chief Minister of Punjab, Nawaz Sharif, about his penthouse flat in London, the current Prime Minister asked him what a penthouse flat was. When Khan subsequently told Nawaz that a penthouse is on the top most floor of  building, he was asked what would happen if a strong wind blew his flat down. The House giggled in response to the anecdote.

Watch Video: Imran Khan penthouse flat incident

Retaliating to Khan’s speech, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif took a sarcastic jibe at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief. Referring to Khan’s own admission of once owning an offshore company, through which he sold his London flat, the Defense Minister said that an offshore firm is an offshore firm, whether registered in Panama or New Jersey. He also criticized Khan for his month-long silence about once owning an offshore firm and declared the PTI chief a ‘meesna’, i.e. a sly person.

He also took a swipe at the PTI leader for the lack of transparency in his various charity initiatives, including the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital.

Watch Video: Khawaja Asif calls Imran Khan “Meesna”

Khawaja went on to say that both charity as well as tax money should be handled dealt with honestly.

While the Defense Minister’s remarks amused the House greatly, his taunt calling Imran Khan a “meesna” was expunged from the record by the National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.