‘Im­ran founder of off­shore com­pa­nies’

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD—Chair­man Pak­istan Tehreek-e-In­saf Im­ran Khan was the founder of off­shore com­pa­nies and his co­horts in­clud­ing Aleem Khan and Je-hangir Ta­reen have also owned mul­ti­ple off­shore com­pa­nies, said Se­na­tor Mushahidul­lah Khan. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in Bud­get dis­cus­sion in Se­nate as the last speaker, he said the name of Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif did not ap­pear in Panama papers.

He won­dered why prime min­is­ter is be­ing im­pli­cated as his fam­ily is do­ing busi­ness since 1935, by com­par­ing to other lead­ers who even did not have known source of in­come. He said Nawaz Sharif is match­less leader and op­po­si­tion does not have a leader of such stature.

Crit­i­cis­ing the op­po­si­tion par­ties, he said provinces re­ceive Rs 2,000 bil­lion per an­num from fed­eral di­vis­i­ble pool. Pak­istan Peo­ples Party and Pak­istan Tehreek-e-In­saf were rul­ing in Sindh and Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa re­spec­tively, he added. De­spite huge amounts at their dis­posal in provinces - both have mis­er­ably failed to in­tro­duce any mega project in their re­spec­tive provinces, he said.

He said there is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion of crit­i­cism on Pun­jab projects as the prov­ince has launched mega projects by util­is­ing own re­sources. The op­po­si­tion Pak­istan Peo­ples Party, Pak­istan Tehreek-eIn­saf were crit­i­cis­ing 10 per­cent in­crease in gov­ern­ment ser­vant salary in­crease and min­i­mum wages of labour but a cur­sory look at provin­cial bud­get of both provinces tran­spired that both have en­hanced salaries by 10 per­cent and in­creased min­i­mum wages by Rs 14000. How a wrong step in Fed­er­a­tion be­came right in prov­ince, he ques­tioned.—APP

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