No contact with PML-N or PPP: Jahangir Tarin

Amraiz Khan

Estranged Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Jahangir Khan Tareen on Monday said he had no contact either with Pakistan Muslim League-N or Pakistan People’s Party.

Talking to the media men outside a banking court here, Jahangir Tareen said he and members of his group wanted a transparent inquiry into his cases.

He said one of his cases whose investigation Prime Minister Imran Khan had assigned to Barrister Ali Zafar had nothing to do with money laundering.

Talking about his group’s meeting with Imran Khan he said, “The prime minister had assured that my concerns will be addressed.”

Talking about his case, he said it was not a ‘criminal’ case at all, and the Federal Investigation Agency had no role in it.

“This case pertains to my business dealings and there was no mention of the public or secret fund in it,” he explained.

Estranged PTI leader Jahangir Tareen said that the group of PTI lawmakers backing him had had a good meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan where they expressed their reservations and were assured of justice.

Speaking to the media in Lahore, Tareen said: “As far as the meeting of our people with the prime minister [is concerned], it went very well.

They talked openly and expressed their reservations to the prime minister. And the prime minister assured that he would himself look into [the case] and justice should be done.”

“We don’t run from investigation, I’ve never run away from this investigation,” said Tareen, adding that the probe had been proceeding since a year and he had provided hundreds of thousands of documents to the court.

He also said that officers and officials of his company had appeared 75 to 100 times in court and “hopefully a solution will be found to this but remember we never said to finish cases.”

He said his case was not a criminal case and the Federal Investigation Agency had no role in it since it was based on business issues and there was no element of use of public funds, secret accounts or money laundering.

“So we hope from Ali Zafar that he will present a report to Khan sahab after taking a good look.”

Tareen said he had appeared in court whenever there was a hearing and wanted the court to work and “act in a transparent manner”.

He did not respond to a reporter when asked to comment on comments made by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi but said, “It doesn’t suit us to talk about such things.”

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