MARDAN: PTI Chairman Imran Khan said Thursday that whoever gives an NRO to “thieves” — the incumbent rulers — is a “traitor” as he lashed out at institutions for allegedly torturing his party’s leaders.
“All thieves are being released; Shehbaz Sharif and his son have been acquitted. Whoever they are, they should be ashamed. You are a traitor who is betraying their country,” Khan said while addressing a public rally in Mardan.
The PTI chairman’s allegations came after a special court in Lahore acquitted PM Shehbaz and his son, Hamza Shahbaz in a mega-money laundering case — almost two weeks after Islamabad High Court acquitted PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz in the Avenfield reference.
Khan — since his ouster in April — has been alleging that the coalition government rulers came into power for looting the country’s money and getting their cases disposed of.
In his jalsa address today, Khan called out the people who were having cases registered against him and said that he would “not back down”.
The PTI chairman also chided the institutions, blaming them for torturing his chief of staff Shahbaz Gill and party leader Azam Swati.
“If you think that you will be respected by torturing people, then you are mistaken,” Khan said while berating the institutions. He asked them to be “embarrassed” by their actions.
Gill was recently released on bail in a sedition case after he was behind bars for nearly a month, while Swati was arrested earlier in the day and sent on physical remand for his alleged “controversial tweets”.