PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced to take legal action against Geo and Jang Group, journalist Shahzaib Khanzada, and Dubai-based businessman Umar Farooq Zahoor for the allegations leveled against him regarding the Toshakhana gifts.
Taking to Twitter, Imran Khan said enough is enough, and called out the media house and the journalist for “slandering” him through a “baseless story”.
“Enough is enough. Yesterday Geo and Khanzada supported by handlers slandered me through a baseless story cooked up by a known fraudster and internationally wanted criminal,” Imran Khan said.
“I have spoken to my lawyers and I plan to sue Geo, Khanzada and the fraudster not only in Pakistan but also in the UK and the UAE,” the former premier added.
Enough is enough. Yesterday Geo & Khanzada supported by Handlers slandered me through a baseless story cooked up by a known fraudster & internationally wanted criminal. I have spoken to my lawyers & I plan to sue Geo, Khanzada & the fraudster not only in Pak but also in UK & UAE.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 16, 2022
Claims made by Umar Farooq Zahoor
Earlier, the Dubai-based businessman Umar Farooq Zahoor claimed that he purchased an expensive watch originally gifted to Imran Khan by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman from Farah Gogi and PTI leader Shahzad Akbar.
Umar Farooq Zahoor claimed that he has evidence to prove he bought the rare watch and three other Toshakhana gifts from Farhat Shahzadi, also known as Farah Gogi, for 7.5 million Dirhams in cash.
The millionaire businessman gave an interview to Shahzeb Khanzada on Geo channel and showed evidence of the purchase as well as all the Toshakhana gifts he owns now. He also alleged that he was later on blackmailed and fake cases of money laundering were registered against him by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) at the behest of Shahzad Akbar.
The story has raised a storm in Pakistan as Imran Khan gets criticized, especially by the PML-N camp. PTI has completely rejected the allegations, however, leaders from the ruling coalition continue to berate PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz asked Khan to not dodge the questions and provide receipts for the sale of the gifts.
“Who sold the watch, tell me the name. How was the money transferred to Pakistan,” the PML-N leader said, adding that the PTI chief, who termed others as thieves, has turned out to be the “biggest thief” himself.
ادھر ادھر کی باتیں مت کرو، رسیدیں نکالو! گھڑی کس کو بیچی، نام بتاو؟ پیسہ پاکستان کیسے منگوایا، وہ بتاو۔ دوسروں کو چور کہنے والا پاکستان کا سب سے بڑا چور نکلا۔ توبہ! https://t.co/rDEuzsjlCj
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) November 16, 2022