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Arresting Nawaz Sharif not enough, need to retrieve looted money: PTI

News Agencies | Updated on: 13 July 2018, 17:32 IST

Cricketer turned politician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Friday said that arresting former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif is not enough, while adding that the looted money should also be retrieved.

In a press conference here, PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said that since the 9/11 terrorist attack in the United States, Pakistan has been dealing with an irregular conflict.

"The issue here is that since the 9/11 attack, Pakistan has been in an irregular conflict. This is not normal. Whatever is happening, nobody from inside is involved, but people from outside are handling it," Chaudhry said.

"Pakistan's enemies want to bring the country into a state of turmoil. Currently, the most important agenda for Pakistan is to hold transparent elections. All political parties should support this," he added.

Three-time Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif was convicted in absentia last week for a corruption scandal and sentenced to 10 years in prison, while his daughter, Maryam, was handed an eight-year jail term in the same case.

"Allegations against Nawaz Sharif are quite simple. As Prime Minister, he was liable to disclose his sources of income yet he was unable to do so. Arresting him isn't enough, the money should be brought back to Pakistan. The government should take necessary actions to bring the looted money back," he said.

"People's Party and PML-N primarily have same issue. If we don't ask them about the assets of Nawaz Sharif and his children then according to them everything is good in Pakistan. But when you starting questioning them, then everything becomes wrong - the Pakistan army and the government. Sir, you were nothing earlier, today you have become a billionaire. So, you should tell how this happened? But if we ask this then everything is under danger," he added.


First published: 13 July 2018, 17:32 IST