Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Nisar, Imran to board same flight to London

Lahore: Amid ongoing tussle between the federal government and some opposition parties on the issue of Panama leaks, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Minister for Interior Affairs Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan will board the same flight (PK-757) from Lahore to London soon on Thursday, a private TV channel reported.

Jahangir Tareen and Aleem Khan are also accompanying the PTI chairman. Nisar’s seat number is 1-A while Imran’s seat number is 1-H in the business class. Imran had announced that he was going to UK for two fundraisers and a rally for Kashmir in Birmingham.

Apart from these activities, he said that he would also meet experts of two companies specialising in forensic tax audits. Reportedly, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s family will also board flight PK-757 to London.

Talking to reporters at the Allama Iqbal Airport, Imran said that matter of the Panama leaks would be taken to its logical conclusion. They are trapped now as no one can reject Panama leaks, he said.

He said that the Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-N have been blackmailing and backing each other for their interests. He also said that they were ‘blackmailing’ others instead of presenting themselves for accountability.

He also announced strong protest if the government did not form commission as per opposition parties’ demand. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif‘s arrival in London has set political circles abuzz after he landed in controversy following the Panama leaks as PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari is also present there.

On Wednesday, the interior minister rejected speculations that the prime minister’s London visit has anything to do with the Panama papers scandal. He said that the prime minister was facing medical issues from the last two or three months and he went to London for his medical treatment.

“My wife has already reached Germany, and it will be my private visit to the country. I have disclosed this personal information so that no rumours are spread when I am gone,” he said while taking precautionary measures before his two-day visit to Germany.

At a time when Imran Khan threatened to march towards Nawaz Sharif’s residence in Raiwind, leaders of the opposition had been casting doubt on the reason for the prime minister’s sudden visit to London.

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