Will reveal who made Rs10bn offer in court: Imran Khan

While addressing a rally at Islamabad’s Parade Ground, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Friday said he will reveal the identity of the individual who offered him Rs10 billion in court.

“Take me to court and I will reveal the identity of the individual,” said the PTI chairman, adding that the ‘messenger’ who brought the offer was also offered Rs2bn for convincing him.

“If I name the person, they will conspire against him,” said Imran.

Imran also announced, during PTI’s first public gathering following the apex court’s verdict on Panamagate, a social boycott of Nawaz Sharif and urged all his followers to do the same.

“Wherever you are, stand up against corruption and raise the slogan of ‘go Nawaz go’,” said Imran to a cheering crowd.

“I assure you that we have reached a point when we will hold a sitting PM accountable for his corruption.”

Referring to the recent Panamagate verdict, Imran said two judges said the prime minister was neither ‘Sadiq’ nor ‘Ameen’ and the other three said further investigation needs to be conducted.

“The Supreme Court also disregarded the letter by the Qatari prince and that was their answer to every question,” Khan said, adding that ministers who loot public money were distributing sweets while declaring victory.

Touching on the controversial meeting between the premier and Indian business tycoon Sajjan Jindal, Imran said the “prime minister does not have courage to look Modi in the eye and confront him over India’s hand in spreading terrorism in Pakistan”.

“Jindal said Nawaz Sharif wants to befriend India but the Army does not let him,” said Imran.

Imran added that he would raise his voice for the rights of Kashmiris wherever he could, while paying tribute to their struggle in India-held Kashmir.

“India’s Modi is campaigning against Pakistan on every front.”

Earlier, Khan had announced his party’s intention to hold a rally in Islamabad to “demand Nawaz Sharif’s resignation”.

Khan’s announcement came a day after the Supreme Court’s decision on the Panamagate case said it would constitute a Joint Investigation Team to probe the Sharif family’s wealth.

What was initially hailed as a win by the PML-N later became an embarrassment for the party as its opposition touted the 2:3 split verdict — neither a clean chit, nor a disqualification — with a strongly-worded dissenting note by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa as an indication that the court had been unable to find Nawaz Sharif innocent.