PTI chief Imran Khan. – File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan announced on Tuesday that he would take Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khwaja Asif to the courts for his false accusations for the defamation of noble ‘Shaukat Khanum’ project, DawnNews reported.

Addressing a press conference at central secretariat in Islamabad, Khan appealed to the Chief Justice to hear his case as soon as possible.

“I request Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take up this case immediately as the PML-N wants to launch a campaign against Shaukat Khanum Hospital,” he said.

Khan lashed out at Asif for hurling allegations against the charity organization.

He said that the allegations were leveled in Ramzan as the PML-N knew that the Shaukhat Khanum Trust collects the majority of its donations during this month.

By hurling the allegations the lives of patients have been put in jeopardy, Khan said.

He said that if the people stopped giving Zakat and money to the hospital it would be very difficult for it to treat the poor people.

He said that the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital was spending Rs two billion on providing treatment to the poor and the deserving people.

Imran Khan said two other cancer hospitals would also be constructed in Peshawar and Karachi.

The PTI Chairman said that he had challenged Nawaz Sharif with eleven questions on Friday but he has not responded to any one of it as yet.

He said that unlike Sharif he has not made factories for his own benefit but created institutions like Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre and Namal college.

He said that he has responded to the allegations of Chaudhry Nisar by showing record of his tax returns of the last 30 years but Nawaz Sharif has not responded to any of his allegation.

Updated Aug 07, 2012 09:10am

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Sohaib YAHIA
Aug 07, 2012 09:18am
Another miserable bout of meaningless action coming up for this beleaguered nation. No respite, no sympathy!!
Zaffar Saleem
Aug 07, 2012 09:17am
The leaders of pml n are not only incompitent and corrupt but myopic and intellectually challenged as well. If they had bothered to have a peak at the donation page of SKMT they would have known how donars differentiate between zakat and donation. I hope this spells disaster for their failed attempt to malign SKMT which is a source of pride for Pakistanis around the world. I hope this answers one of the questions raised by the uncivilized pml n leaders (mashaidullah khan in particular). Silence is a crime when it comes to injustice. BTW I donated $25 today which is minimal but that is what I could contribute in the capcity of an international student whose financial standing is not sound. I know our religion tells us to be discreet when it comes to charity but with this thread I want to register my protest and encourage / inspire others to do the same. May Allah protect our beautiful homeland from the wrath of these munafiq looters. http://www.shaukatkhanum.org.pk/how-to-help/other...
Azad
Aug 07, 2012 01:38pm
Will be difficult for CJ, PMLN is his favourite & IK his supporter, after Arsalan Iftikhar, CJ will again be in a great fix
ali
Aug 07, 2012 10:32am
dirty politics of Isamic Republic of Pakistan
AURANGZEB KHALIL
Aug 07, 2012 10:33am
IT IS GOOD TRADITION TO FILE LAW SUITS BY POLITICIANS AGAINST POLITICIANS FOR DAMAGES AGAINST FALSE ALLEGATIONS . UNLESS RULE OF LAW IS FOLLOWED, NO ONE WILL FOLLOW TRUE WAY.
naeem
Aug 07, 2012 10:33am
Well done IK. The people of Pakistan should now stand up behind Ik. He is the only man out of all our current so called leaders that is respected world wide. The only sporting her we ever had. Zardaris, Sharfs and there cronnies are not even good enough to touch his feet.
Riaz Ahmad
Aug 07, 2012 11:52am
Time and again, the people of pakistan have demonstrated their suicidal tendency by voting for the same old politicians who have robbed them mercilessly time and again; this election is going to be no different. The cause of poverty, corruption and privation are the Pakistani masses themselves. Time and again they vote for the corrupt politicians and then blame them for corruption.
Khazina
Aug 07, 2012 11:50am
Khan Sahib! Unlike your personal life the hospital is and should be subject to oversight. End of year report should be transparent for all donors to see.
Ahmed
Aug 07, 2012 12:59pm
Is it not already?
Iqbal Khan
Aug 07, 2012 12:58pm
PML -N must be consulting some advisors to do the damage control after Khawaja Srah's press conference.
Iqbal Khan
Aug 07, 2012 12:54pm
Its all there if you cant read it its not IK fault. I guess Imran should have put this in Gumukhi or some other language which people like you could read.
Umar Khan
Aug 07, 2012 10:50am
@ Shaikh Mohommad: The charged levelled were of defamatory nature. Hence the reply of IK has also got to be heard by the nation through a press conference. If IK does not respond infront of cameras, his dignified silence will be taken as admission of guilt. Unfortunately in a country like ours, there is no such thing as dignified silence.
mtshaikh
Aug 07, 2012 10:42am
EXCELLENT. THIS IS LIKE A GENTLEMAN .KHAWAJA ASIF WILL SHOW WHAT DAMAGE IMRAN HAS DONE TO SKH IF HE HAS ANYTHING OTHERWISE HE MUST BE PENALISED. MINIMUM PENALTY ,HE SHOULD JOIN PTI.
Shaikh Mohommad
Aug 07, 2012 10:33am
"Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Khan appealed to the Chief Justice to hear his case as soon as possible.- " Please, please, Imran Khan stop playing to the gallery. If you feel the charges against you are defamatory, please file a suit in a court of law. NOT HOLD PRESS CONFERENCES. If the charges against you are correct, please keep quiet.
Nasser Ali-Khan
Aug 07, 2012 10:27am
If Imran Khan is sincere, why does he not have a website with details of tax returns, and amount raised for Shaukat Khanum hospital and amount spent (independently audited), disposal proceeds of London flat, properties purchased in Pakistan and elsewhere, plus a forum for people to ask questions? This would demonstrate his sincerety, his purpose in life, and force other politicians to follow suit.
kahlid
Aug 07, 2012 10:22am
Please keep your FOCUS in building the team for future young generation. this propaganda is to keep you away from the political activities - N-League will fall into their own trap......
Farhan
Aug 07, 2012 10:21am
it's NAMAL and not NUML
Yaseen
Aug 07, 2012 10:19am
Corrupt people like nawaz and zardari can only destroy this country. imran will inshallah win the elections in a few months time.
Ali
Aug 07, 2012 10:18am
Correction: Its NAMAL College (www.namal.edu.pk) not NUML. NUML is National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad (www.numl.edu.pk)
Shahid
Aug 07, 2012 10:17am
very well... take these crooks to the court... ask them to apologise on the media and pay for the damages...
T Khan
Aug 07, 2012 10:17am
Dear Imran, PML-N is trying to bog you down in the dirty political game of accusation and counter accusations. This is to take your focus away from main issues. PML-N know it well that while you are vigorously trying to defend yourself; some brainless stuff bound to come out of your mouth; thus allowing these tested politicians to capitalize on it. They are happy that you could only come up with 11 questions; even I am who is not running for anything except for food in the refrigerator; can come with 111 wrongdoings of these Sharifs' brothers. Stay focused, have SKHs' external auditors make all financial reports available to public. Even there were some judgmental errors made, reveal them. Considering the economies of the last decade, almost all Non-for-Profit organizations have lost some equity and it should not be attributed to you. Although, you are heart, soul and the brain behind SKH, however, you are not day to day management; people will understand.
Malik
Aug 07, 2012 10:16am
Nation is proud of you Imran for taking these corrupt to sword and SC. Inshallah, PTI will win the election by huge majority Best Wishes, Malik
Sana01
Aug 07, 2012 10:15am
Well said, you are right Imran, you made us proud by giving the best hospital in Asia. by building institutions.. These corrupt PPP and PML-n leagues are jealous and cant do constructive work. They can do only damage to the good work.
M. Tahir. Jamali
Aug 07, 2012 10:11am
Leaders elected on bogus voting talk like this. In mirror you see your own face.
sameer
Aug 07, 2012 12:49pm
Miss khazina if you happen to visit the website of SKMH, you may find the annual and audited reports! Please ask this question from the so-called shareef party first. FYI, SKMH's audit is performed by PWC (the audit firm)!
ali
Aug 07, 2012 01:36pm
BRAVO IK
@NaqviMazhar
Aug 07, 2012 01:32pm
Hats off to IK..he is the only hope for a better Pakistan.
Salman
Aug 07, 2012 11:33am
I wish Imran Khan would stop being irked at baseless allegations and instead focus on forming a solid and practical plan to improve the situation of Pakistan. So far, Nawaz Shari, though tainted with corruption, still seems to have a lot better plan than he does. If Imran Khan approaches the elections in this state, I would have to vote for PML(N) with a very heavy heart.
usman
Aug 07, 2012 01:28pm
good job done imran khan,,,, take them to court,,,,these corrupt zardari and his friend nawaz are no match to you
Ordinary_Citizen
Aug 07, 2012 01:25pm
Please understand the basic difference between endowment fund and zakat/charity fund before instulting human intelligence. Logic and reason is applied to audited financial statements, which were posted on SKMH's site. PML-N did not run a sting operation or used wikileaks to get that information out. Endowment fund is collected via sources other than zakat and donations for patients. The money for endowment fund is used for investing for the benefit of the hospital and adds to the reserve funds. Look i'm not here to lecture folks on basics of corporate and non-profit institutional finance, next time before you piss all over yourself please understand what's being presented to you. Do some independent assessment.
Dilawer
Aug 07, 2012 11:07am
Use lower case. Mr. Shaikh. What's wrong with you.!!
abdul jabbar
Aug 07, 2012 11:05am
Imran Khan politics is based on accusations and cashing charity work. Kh Asif will certainly face the challenge and also we should take ULEMA advice on it.
Ali
Aug 07, 2012 11:04am
Why Nawaz has not done it? The unaccounted wealth of Nawaz is like a mount everest, how can he disclose his black money looted from the people of Pakistan.
Ghulam Mujtaba
Aug 07, 2012 10:59am
Imran Khan is a genius and perfect leader, We salute him. He is doing everything for the poor public of Pakistan. He established the institutes like NUML and Shoukat Khanum Memorial Hospital. Long Live Imran...we are with you.
amjid
Aug 07, 2012 10:59am
Mr Nasser, Imran khan has already handed over his all tax return to media. now go and ask your leader to show same gesture
Naeem
Aug 07, 2012 01:24pm
We have one good person in Pakistani politics and that is Imran Khan. He has done so much for Pakistan that all goverments combined in the history of Pakistan have not done. Has any Pakistani goverment build a hospital to treat cancer patients. Has any Pakistani politician brought glory to Pakistan. One would think that all political parties would congratulate Imran and thank him for building a cancer hospital for the poor people of Pakistan, instead they are trying to discredit Imran and destroy the hospital. WHERE ARE THE PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN!!!! for god sake wake up and support the guy who is your only hope, IMRAN KAHN. Long live the mighty KHAN. IMRAN KHAN ZINDABAD!
samar
Aug 07, 2012 11:43am
investing zakat money in dubai's, speculation business? through a company owned by? a member of the board can never be justified!!!!! guys follow but with reason and logic! It is people like imran khan who have? ruined our? country for the last 65 years, these so called educated people have fooled us for too long now!! only my opionion....so please don't start cursing
Javed
Aug 07, 2012 01:20pm
Read the third thread from the top.
Ahmed
Aug 07, 2012 01:19pm
I beleive we need honesty more than rocket science specially at this time.... tainted corrupt can only take country in one direction (south). Imran does need polishing but has leadership qualities, with good support he will learn soon. Zia ul haq in his first speech looked like a joker but in his last address was polished.
amir
Aug 07, 2012 01:16pm
anyone who wants to check all the documents of SKMCH then check on their website and don't make foolish statements here..it's documents are audited by a nuetral committee each year..
samar
Aug 07, 2012 11:42am
very frustrating and sad to read all these very abusive language being used by people. most of them are probably just kids who have nothing better to do and underage to vote. I always see soooo many supporters of Imran Khan on the net and very few in real LIFE! I think?? it is some sort PTI strategy to flood the net with pro pti comments and really abusive language against the opponents, to give a impression that its very popular!
Midhat Khan
Aug 07, 2012 11:42am
There is no comparison between Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif. Even a lay man can see that Imran Khan is a clean,straight forward and may be sometimes a blunt person unlike Nawaz Sharif who has sucked blood of his own countrymen and and only cared about increasing his bank balance. We have already seen him twice as PM of Pakistan which unfortunately did not bring any good news or prosperity . We must give one chance to Imran and if he does not perform then obviously we all have the right to reject him. May Allah bless Pakistan and Imran Khan too. AAMEEN
shair khan
Aug 07, 2012 10:10am
Are the courts to be involed in tese political dispute? What is wrong with these leaders. Why not let the people not relect them? If there are corruption charges then police or NAB should file the charges.
LongLive Pakistan
Aug 07, 2012 01:52pm
I'm not a supporter of PML(N), but IK should keep his words short n sweet 'cuz he will have to eat them. No matter how you look at it, there was a flagrant conflict of interest, and poor judgment. So, IK's argument will not stick. Its time IK took a break from blame game, and gave us some insight into his vision as to how, if given a chance, he will change the common man's life. Unfortunately, IK's resorting to vulgar accusations about other politicians' loyalty to their wives, simply shows he is devoid of any vision! Now PTI jiyalas, go ahead and start spitting your venom 'cuz that's the only thing you are good at.
Oops!e
Aug 07, 2012 09:31am
PMLN - you know you're Gone!
ISHTIAQ
Aug 07, 2012 01:52pm
Dream on!
Kashif Maken
Aug 07, 2012 09:43am
Mr. Khan Go early in Court
NothingBut Truth
Aug 07, 2012 02:02pm
Is it right to demand political gain in return of charity work? certainly not. that is what Imran Khan is doing.
H. N.
Aug 07, 2012 09:51am
Please recheck the name of the college. Its NAMAL and not NUML. Thanks.
Shahzad Salam Kasi
Aug 07, 2012 10:49am
Where is PML(N) now !!!!
Furqan Ali
Aug 07, 2012 10:01am
yeh cheez!
Khurram
Aug 07, 2012 10:02am
Its time to get rid of the dirty politicians who has targeted one of the best politicians for cheap political gains. Let look how Imran Khan responded. Just like true leaders, He came out himself to defend all the accusations on him. On contrary, Mr Shareef wants to do dynasty politics. He should have guts to face Imran Khan in live debate; just as politicians of first world countries do. He don’t even have fortitude to respond in press conference. But time has changed…your politics of tyrants wont work now.
aquariuz
Aug 07, 2012 10:55am
He has done it already. Obviously you don't read news papers or watch TV.
Shahid
Aug 07, 2012 10:57am
you seem to be too ignorant of the political environment. Here perception is everything. Holding press confrence before heading to the court was the best way of responding to such allegations.
owais
Aug 07, 2012 12:00pm
I don't know what is your point. Yes the hospital accounts are subject to oversight and thats why they are available to public viewership on hospitals website. End of year report is also available on the website not just for the donors but everyone. Misunderstanding and miss-using these accounts/reports Sharif's team was able to built this plot. So whats your point.
AAs
Aug 07, 2012 12:01pm
We are with Imran. He is not perfect, and nobody in this world is, but far far better than the current bunch of corrupt leaders who will go to any length to gain power and rule us. May Allah be with you PTI
Bakka
Aug 07, 2012 12:02pm
Bravo! Well done Imran for taking on Khwaja Asif for his wild ill advised accustaion. I will be donating all of my zakat dues to Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust. IK the Nation is behind you.
Zeeshan
Aug 07, 2012 12:27pm
I agree with the first part of your comment but saying that IK will win is simply dreaming. Fact is that you can't spring a change from Urban areas. And if anyone thinks that elections will be fair and free, they are simply idiots.
Ahmed
Aug 07, 2012 01:07pm
Not entirely true .... PML(N) and PPP have done a lot, the list is endless.... Don't even know where to start some key achievements are .... looting Pakistan, providing the next genration of lotaira, stashing billions in their personnel accounts......
Ahmed
Aug 07, 2012 01:08pm
Inshahallah ... Ameen
Wajid Khan
Aug 07, 2012 01:13pm
I am going to donate more to this Hospital. Great Work Imran. Keep up. These corrupt politicians are so desperate and incompetant that now they are trying to malign you and your noble work.
Fatah
Aug 07, 2012 01:48pm
InshaAllah
Junaid
Aug 07, 2012 02:31pm
I dont see any comments on behalf of PLM-N. Is it because their supporters are unable to read and write or they have no defense? I hope people do see the big picture, and realize that this hopital is not for any specific party. It is for every deserving patient, even if they vote for PML-N. I don't know of any institution in Pakistan that is not partisan in way or the other, except for this hospital. Therefore I would request " The PEOPLE" of Pakistan to DONATE even more than before this Ramadan and send a strong message to the cheapsters to avoid these kinds of shots which will jeopardise the lives of many poor who are already suffering under the corrupt rulers. THANK YOU.
Sheikh
Aug 07, 2012 02:37pm
WHAT PLAN does Nawaz Sharif have??? Go read policy papers written by professionals on the PTI website. Then you'll know the meaning of the word plan.
Sheikh
Aug 07, 2012 02:38pm
"I always see soooo many supporters of Imran Khan on the net and very few in real LIFE!" Did you see the jalsas? Ever been to any rural area of the country? No? I assure you, PTI supporters are there.
owais
Aug 07, 2012 02:39pm
Imtiaz Haideri is a member of the board but also a chief executive in Dubai and a chief executive in British Virgin Islands too. I am not sure if based on his guarantees that the principal is guaranteed/secured that there is any bad intention, wrong doings or even conflict of interest for that matter. I can agree that there would be a shade of conflict of interest only if Imtiaz owns these investement companies. Even if there is a conflict of interest the money is not lost and this wrong could be corrected. It is only SC to decide whether this is a punishable crime or not. There is one thing very clear that the bad intentions of robbing people or the hospital was not there. Coming to your second point, if I understand it right you are trying to say that we don't need educated people to rule us. So who else do you think befits our rulership? Would you vote for a proud illiterate Hanif Abbasi type of person or Amin Fahim whose sisters are married to Quran to save his family assets from being distributed?
Nabeel
Aug 07, 2012 02:45pm
These are the standard political tactics of the world but Imran Khan really needs to focus his energy on winning elections and forming a strong party instead of over reacting to allegations. I really wish Nawaz would also use some sense and stop benefiting PPP with all this mudslinging back and forth with PTI.
Ali
Aug 07, 2012 02:48pm
Bravo! Courage comes only to those who are honest and transparent like Imran
gran badshah
Aug 07, 2012 02:50pm
we are with imran khan .. and the honorable Cj .... they both are there for the poor people of Pakistan . the hope and light for this country
MNK.
Aug 07, 2012 02:53pm
IK, please register S.K.Cancer hospital in Canada and as a nonprofit Org. So we can send Tax deductible donation. Secondly can overseas Pakistanis cast their vote?. I think 99% overseas vote will go TIP.
owais
Aug 07, 2012 02:54pm
You need to attend his Jalsas to see his real life support and supporter-base. His jam packed jalsas in places like Karachi and Quetta where no one dares to do any jalsa and IK with this big show of supporters is mind boggling even to his opponents. Another proof is his international support from Pakistanies living outside of US. The well managed and fully supported organization he runs in US, UK, Canada, Australia, Europe and other places, I can guarantee you, not a single Pakistani organization come close to half of it in numbers in activities in funds collection in voter-base and so on. Fortunately most of these Pakistanies are educated who support him. Last but not least, you should be rest assured that you are not talking to a kid but someone who Allah has given the blessings of having his own kids.
rulers_here
Aug 07, 2012 02:55pm
I agree with you. Whether IK wins or not is in the hand of Allah. You and I can't anything about it. But what is in our hands is to vote of IK which is the only option we both have and then leave the rest on Allah. I never voted in my life but this time i'll make sure that me and my whole family votes for IK. Inshallah. God bless Pakistan.
shair khan
Aug 07, 2012 02:59pm
my friend this is democracy.
sha
Aug 07, 2012 03:07pm
PMLN leaders should think what if there family members will have to gp to SKMH will they regret what they said, shme on them
Saad
Aug 07, 2012 03:21pm
PML N Supporters are completely senseless,they don't know what to say and how to defend their corrupt leaders...
Ahmed
Aug 08, 2012 09:01am
Here comes Imran Khan !
Muhammad Iqbal Khan
Aug 07, 2012 03:41pm
Nawaz Sharif has billions of rupees why not he starts his own organisation like Shaukat Khanum to serve poors of Pakistan, instead maligning and damaging this noble organisation which is the hope of poors.
Tahir
Aug 07, 2012 05:06pm
you are obviously also uneducated? Imran Khan has done more good for Pakistan than any politician has. How many have built hospitals and colleges? none! How many have respect in the western world? none! How can you make these allegations without any evidence? Shame on you for being as jahil and corrupt as Zadari and Nawaz Sharif.
MHK
Aug 07, 2012 05:10pm
We all have seen PPP, PML-N and other parties in election, now let us give a chance to PTI in forthcoming elections and see whether this party delivers or not. I don't think there is any harm.
Cyrus Howell
Aug 07, 2012 06:16pm
Nawaz and his pal Azair Baloch?
Farhan
Aug 07, 2012 06:19pm
Salman sb, please give me only one example of that better plan of your Nawaz Sharif.
Cyrus Howell
Aug 07, 2012 06:34pm
A friend of mine was president of a dairy company and on the board of trustees as a volunteer executive at Chicago's largest public hospital for 30 years. The last 10 years as president of the board of trustees. He has since died but a plaque was erected for him at the hospital honoring his service. Good works do not need to be defended. He left this message on that plaque: Do not try to look important. Do important things. Then let the chips fall where they may.
Muhammad Alvi
Aug 07, 2012 07:02pm
I agree. You can't fight a gunman with your sowrd.
iykhan125
Aug 07, 2012 08:19pm
A lot of interesting comments about this issue. I see a lot of strong comments which is good but in my opinion the time has come to start walking the talk........WE, as Pakistanis, should collectively come up with a way to help our country. We know that our country is in dire need of a good progressive leader. PPP, PML and the military have come and gone since the partition and we are still standing at the same place or receded a bit culturally and economically. If we want our country to exist in this world, we need to give a new person a chance to keep our country and hopes alive......Support his ideas and give him a chance to prove himself.
Jay jay
Aug 08, 2012 01:25am
What was PML N thinking ? I still don't get it?
M khan
Aug 08, 2012 11:20am
I would like to see Khwaja Asif and chaudhary Nisar explain a little bit of their great leaders money, and the source of income. They say its much easier to be critical than to be correct. Mr Jabbar in a comment criticizes Imran khan for taking charity for the hospital at the same time seeks advice from ullema, most of whom have not worked a single day in their life ,and make a living on charity , and to call them ulema is an insult to knowledge and perhaps humanity.