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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has lambasted ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the protocol given to him on his arrival at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport from London. Nawaz arrived in Pakistan on flight 786 from Heathrow Airport London. The beleaguered ex-PM was accompanied by a massive entourage of security forces; overall 56 cars escorted him to Punjab house in Islamabad.

Imran has condemned the ex-PM for using the state resources despite facing corruption charges. He slammed the PML-N party chief for being the most corrupt leader in the country.

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In series of tweets addressing at Nawaz, he criticized the government for wasting the taxpayers’ money.

Nawaz was heading to Punjab house where he is supposed to stay for an undisclosed period. Imran questioned PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for allowing Nawaz to use the government facilities at the taxpayers’ disposal. Punjab House is an official government residence whose costs are borne by Pakistani taxpayers.

By contrast, when PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had gone to a party meeting in London, he arrived at Nawaz Sharif’s Marble Arch residence by using the London underground transport system.  On the contrary, Nawaz Sharif on arrival from Saudi Arabia was picked up and escorted into London the same evening through protocol officers.

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Earlier, PTI had questioned the PM’s London visit and accused him of using the taxpayers’ money to visit a disqualified and corrupt ex-PM. Murad Saeed, PTI MNA, had submitted an adjournment motion before parliament to discuss this sudden and unannounced visit.

Earlier, PTI had questioned the PM’s London visit and accused him of using the taxpayers’ money to visit a disqualified and corrupt ex-PM. Murad Saeed, PTI MNA, had submitted an adjournment motion before parliament to discuss this sudden and unannounced visit.

Last Friday, while addressing a charged crown in Upper Dir Darora area, Imran Khan also criticized Sharif for using state resources, despite facing severe charges of corruption. He scolded Nawaz and stated that “The Sharif family arrive in convoys of 40 to 50 SUVs with an official protocol.”

He taunted the ousted PM Nawaz and stated: “small thieves go to jail, but the big ones get a 40-car motorcade.”

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Later in the afternoon, addressing reporters, Minister for Information Maryam Aurangzeb addressed specifically Imran Khan’s tweets and ridiculed him for being naïve and not understanding the situation. She claimed that since Nawaz Sharif combatted Taliban and defeated them, he has many enemies and needs foolproof security to ensure his safety. She went on to attack Imran Khan saying, “Imran Khan had always been the pro-Taliban leader, so he doesn’t need the protection, and he faces no threat of this sort’.

The war of words between the embattling parties continues. It seems as there is no end to it as both the bitter political rivals are going at length to prove a point. PML-N continues to consider Nawaz Sharif as most important leader of the country, while, PTI think of him as the corrupt leader who deserves no financial favors from this indebted developing country.

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