ISLAMABAD: PTI Chairman Imran Khan has accused his former aides Aleem Khan and Jahangir Khan Tareen of seeking illegal benefits from him, saying differences were developed when he refused them.
Speaking in a podcast on Thursday, the former prime minister said, “Aleem Khan expected me to legalise his 300-acre land near Ravi”, adding from there “I developed differences with him.”
Talking about Jahangir Tareen, Imran Khan said that his problem was the sugar crisis on which a commission was also formed. “Tareen stood with those who are the biggest dacoits in the country. When I ordered a probe into the matter, differences developed with Tareen.”
The PTI chairman said that beneficiaries of a corrupt system are sitting in the institutions and there are people in our institutions who support them.
“We could not legislate because there was no majority. We will come to power only if we get a majority in parliament,” he said.
Talking about relations with the United States, Imran Khan said that the US has now found supporters in Pakistan. “80,000 of our people were killed in the US war [in the war on terror], and independent foreign policy does not mean anti-US.”
Criticising the present government, the former prime minister said that 60% of the people in the cabinet are currently on bail. “Shahbaz Sharif’s Rs16 billion corruption reference is an open and shut case. Sharif family is either on bail or convicted, they are now imposed on the nation.”
The PTI supremo said that he has never interfered in the judiciary and courts are not taking action against those who overthrew the government with Rs20-25 crores.
Imran Khan said that even if PTI lose the election, they will not give tickets to those who enter politics for personal gain. “Our system is such that money is spent in Senate elections. But Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son was spared after he was caught bribing lawmakers.”
Aleem Khan hits back
In response, Aleem Khan has challenged the PTI chairman to have a live debate regarding the allegations of seeking illegal benefits.
Addressing a press conference, Aleem said that the ousted prime minister should address him with respect and in return, he will also give Imran Khan due respect.
The estranged PTI member revealed that the land Imran Khan was talking about was his property since 2010.
“I was with Imran Khan in the Opposition from 2010 to 2018 and I own the property since 2010,” he highlighted, adding that the PTI chairman also visited this society when his father died.
“Did I know 10 years ago that Imran Khan will become the prime minister in 2018,” he questioned.
Correcting the figures, he said that he owns 3,000 acres of land and not just 300 acres, adding that he did not acquire land but instead bought it from private landlords.
He further added that this land is now with Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) — which was established by Imran Khan. The dissident PTI leader questioned how RUDA sold this land to private developers when it bought the land at the government rates.
“An investigation should be conducted regarding the developers who have been given the land,” he added.
He revealed that the land was given to favoured private developers. “If your [Imran Khan] golf course can be constructed under RUDA then why not my society?” Aleem Khan questioned.
“Did I stand by you [Imran Khan] during all difficult phases to change the status of my 300-acre land?” he questioned, warning that if false allegations were levelled against him, he would not remain silent.
He said if Imran Khan wants to unveil the truth then he should sit with him and Jahangir Tareen.