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February 10, 2018

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Imran demands commission to probe extrajudicial killings in Punjab

MULTAN: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Friday demanded for formation of a (judicial) commission to investigate all extrajudicial killings in Punjab, allegedly carried out on the instructions of Shahbaz Sharif.

"Unlike Punjab police, KP police did not shed a drop of blood while probing minor Asma’s case," Imran claimed, while addressing a bye-election public meeting in Lodhran.

Speaking at city’s Permit Chowk, Imran severely criticised former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and other members of the Sharif family.

He said Shahbaz Sharif always used the police to carry out his dirty tasks during his previous stints as the Punjab chief minister. He alleged that Shahbaz politicised the police and used it even for extrajudicial killings.

Former police inspector Abid ‘Boxer’, in a statement, had admitted that he carried out killings on the orders of Shahbaz, Imran said.

Predicting the fall of ‘pharaoh’, Imran said Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz had already been shown the door and now Shahbaz's end was near.

The PTI chief said that a “mafia” had bought everyone in the country, including the opposition. "The mafia has destroyed the institutions," he added.

He also slammed the PML-N for filing cases against him, alleging that they were politically motivated. “We respect state's institutions and the Supreme Court, and we have asked Jahangir Tareen to accept whatever decision had been given by the court,” Imran said.

"[Despite that] Tareen did not do any corruption or launder money. He gives the most taxes," the PTI chairman claimed. Imran said Nawaz Sharif had looted Rs30,000 million from national exchequer and shifted it abroad, transferred the looted wealth in the name of his sons. He said Hassan Nawaz lives in a house in Britain worth Rs600 million. He said when Nawaz Sharif sought his reply on money trail, he submitted a Qatari letter. Had Nawaz Sharif done all that in Britain, he would have been in jail. He said Nawaz Sharif looted national wealth but he was seeking answers from National Accountability Bureau.

Imran said Pakistan Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif has been holding UAE Iqama and he was receiving Rs1.6 million salary in Dubai. Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid, PTI’s ex-secretary general Jahangir Tareen and others also spoke on the occasion.

Besides Ali Tareen, Pakistan Muslim League-N’s Iqbal Shah and Pakistan People’s Party’s Mirza Ali Baig are in the field, along with seven independent candidates. The seat was vacated after Supreme Court disqualified PTI’s former general secretary Jahangir Tareen in December 2017.

Later, Terming the PTI rally a sheer violation of the Election Commission of Pakistan rules and regulations, the ECP took a prompt action and issued notice to PTI Lodhran candidate, Ali Tareen, for breaching the body's code of conduct.

The ECP had directed Imran Khan not to address any public meeting in connection with the Lodhran bye-elections in NA-154. Junior Tareen has been instructed to appear before the district election commissioner, either in person or through a counsel, on Feb 11 as the party's rally was within the limits of the constituency. The order said that the address by the members of the National Assembly was a "blatant violation of the code of conduct".

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