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Imran Khan’s party to file case against PM Sharif over alleged links to Osama bin Laden

PTI claims the money allegedly taken from bin Laden was used in 1989 to conspire against then premier Benazir Bhutto’s government. 

world Updated: May 13, 2017 15:00 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times, Islamabad
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party,Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,Osama bin Laden
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif disembarks from his helicopter at the newly built airport in Islamabad on Saturday.(Reuters)

The opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party plans to highlight the role of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for allegedly taking money from Osama bin Laden, the party's spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said the PTI will file a petition in the Supreme Court seeking implementation of the verdict in Air Marshal (retired) Asghar Khan case‘s regarding the rigging of the 1990 election and that it would also approach the court against Sharif for allegedly taking money from the al-Qaeda chief in the name of jihad.

PTI claims the money allegedly taken from bin Laden was used in 1989 to conspire against then premier Benazir Bhutto’s government.

Chaudhry said he would file a petition in the Supreme Court this week seeking admission of the case against Sharif for “taking funds from a foreign individual to destabilise and conspire against democracy in Pakistan”.

The PTI possesses no evidence to substantiate its case in court, except for some interviews and excerpts from a book titled Khalid Khawaja: Shaheed-e-Aman, he said. The book was written by Shamama Khalid, wife of former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) operative Khalid Khawaja, who was murdered by the Taliban in North Waziristan in 2010.

The book claims Sharif took Rs 1.5 billion from bin Laden to promote jihad in Jammu and Kashmir and Afghanistan. The book further claims Rs 270 million was used to support a no-confidence motion against Benazir Bhutto in 1989.

In 2013, PTI leader Masood Sharif Khan Khattak – a former director general of the Intelligence Bureau – submitted a written statement in the Supreme Court in a case related to the misappropriation of secret funds during 1989.

In his nine-page statement, Khattak said the main forces behind the vote of no-confidence against Bhutto were president Ghulam Ishaq Khan and army chief Mirza Aslam Baig.

Last week, the PTI announced it would open up another legal front against Sharif, saying it would file a petition demanding the implementation of the 2012 verdict of the apex court in the Asghar Khan case. The court had determined that Sharif and other politicians received money from an intelligence agency before the 1990 general election to form an alliance against Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party.

First Published: May 09, 2017 19:54 IST