ISLAMABAD: After the appearance before Joint Investigation Team (JIT) for Panama probe on Monday, Ishaq Dar held a fiery media talk outside Federal Judicial Academy in which he described his ‘love-hate relationship’ with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan.
He passed fierce criticism towards the leader of the largest opposition party by claiming that Imran Khan had gambled with the Zakat money gathered from his charitable organization. “He (Imran Khan) should be ashamed of himself for basing his politics on lies,” he stated.
While criticising the Panama Leaks case deemed at accountability of the Sharif family, he said that such petitions never exist in any part of the world. He claimed, “Not a single penny of corruption can be proved in four-year era of PML-N”. Ishaq Dar stated that the law should be equal for all people, adding that their opponents with offshore accounts were being ignored in the accountability process. He challenged the political opponents to prove even one corruption scandal on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif or himself.
The Finance Minister called Imran Khan a gambler and tax evader. He even attacked his ex-wife Jemima Goldsmith, calling her Jewish. “He (Imran Khan) wanted to become the PM with his Jewish wife (Jemima Khan)”. The PML-N senator told Imran Khan to look at the ‘ATMs’ beside him who send money who launder money outside the country on a regular basis.
He said he could only pray for the PTI chief who is not only a gambler but also a liar and tax evader. The PML-N lawmaker called it an ‘internal and external conspiracy’ against the ruling government. He also claimed that Jemima Goldsmith and Imran Khan were not married in Paris as he knows who the witnesses were.
While the press talk, Ishaq Dar said with a harsh tone with ‘this drama should end now’. He claimed that the country was bankrupt when they came into power and it is now one of the most emerging economies in the world. “Pakistan will enter in the list of the largest economies within 12 years,” he vowed.
He demanded that premier’s daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif should not be summoned for interrogation. She should be handed a questionnaire, Ishaq Dar urged. He appeared before the JIT for the first time and was accompanied with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan outside the Judicial Academy.
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