ISLAMABAD – Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan said on Wednesday that he wouldn’t disclose the name of the person who offered him a bribe of Rs 10 billion to keep mum over the supreme court’s verdict on Panamagate.
Giving a slight indication, Khan said that the person who made an offer is close to Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif but the person will get into trouble if his name is disclosed, adding that the offer was made two weeks ago.
Khan also said that the Rs 10bn was just an initial offer.
Uproar in political spheres
Khan’s recent allegations have caused an uproar within political spheres with leaders of main political parties demanding clarification for the allegations.
Punjab Law Minister and PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah called on the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo moto notice of Imran Khan’s allegation.
“The Chief Justice should ask Imran Khan who offered him the money,” said Sanaullah while speaking outside the Punjab Assembly on Wednesday. The accusations he has hurled should be enquired into, the law minister said.
If the accusations are proven to be true then the person who offered the amount should be brought before the entire nation, he remarked, adding “that person should be punished.”
However, if the allegations are proven to be false then Imran should be taken to task, Sanaullah suggested.
“For the last four years, Imran has been insulting people,” he maintained. “He should be sent a notice and punished.”
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Saeed Ghani said Imran Khan’s allegations are very serious. Speaking to reporters, Ghani said it is Imran Khan’s duty to clarify who made the offer and mention the name of the person on whose instructions the offer was made. All such details must be brought to light, Ghani added.
He said that if such an offer was made, an inquiry should be conducted against the prime minister on these grounds. He added that by not clarifying, Imran Khan’s statement was also casting a shadow of doubt on the PPP.
President Awami National Party Asfandyar Wali reiterated that Imran Khan should clarify who made him the offer and give a detailed explanation.
Imran Khan is a liar: Maryam Nawaz Sharif
PM’s daughter Maryam Nawaz, responded to Imran’s claim.
In a tweet, Maryam responded to the accusation and called Imran a ‘liar’.
Jhoota ! pic.twitter.com/6b1k9LTAde
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) April 25, 2017
It bears mentioning that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan claimed on Tuesday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government had offered him Rs10 billion to stay silent over Panama Leaks.