LAHORE : In reaction to allegations of corruption and kickbacks, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday filed a Rs26 billion defamation lawsuit against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan.
Imran Khan had alleged that Javed Sadiq, a Canadian businessman of Pakistani origin and executive director of China State Construction Engineering Corporation, had been acting as front-man of CM Shehbaz and pocketed billions of rupees out of four contracts secured by him for some Chinese companies.
Citing another case, Shehbaz Sharif declared that Javed Sadiq’s company was also an applicant for the grant of Lahore safe City (PPIC3 Centre) Project being undertaken by Punjab Safe Cities Authority with a project cost of 120 million USD but their bid remained technically usuccessful and the contract was given to another Chinese Company, namely Huawei Technologies Pakistan (Pvt.) Limited.
“Finally, that one such company also competed for seeking contract for the construction of the Southern Loop of the Ring Road of Lahore being undertaken by Lahore Ring Road Authority with a project cost of US Dollars 250 million but their bid was rejected as non-responsive and the contract was granted to Frontier Works Organisation fo Pakistan,” stated the CM in his legal notice.
“How much money is being paid to Javed Sadiq by the companies that he represents, is between him and his principal,” he added.
Demanding Imran Khan to withdraw his accusations and tender a public apology within 14 days, the Chief Minister once again denied all the allegations as false, unfounded, malicious and motivated.
It may be mentioned here that the PTI chief had claimed that he would bring forth more proof of ‘corruption‘ by Nov 2, the date set for the PTI‘s planned lockdown of Islamabad.