Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Monday submitted a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan in which he claimed that he had never been held in contempt of court in the past and did not plan to be in the future.

In his reply, submitted to the court by PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhary, Khan said his previous statement was twisted into looking like he did not respect the Election Commission, which was why he had withdrawn it.

Khan further said that he believes that a free and fair election commission is necessary for a just election.

The reply explained: "I had filed an application on January 9 through a lawyer, with suggestions regarding bringing transparency to the commission."

It added: "The lawyer misrepresented my statement which was why I had to withdraw it."

Commenting on the letter, the Chief Election Commissioner remarked: "The reply is so confusing that I do not remember what the original question was".

The SC will come to only one conclusion in my case: Imran

Later, while discussing the Supreme Court's investigation into his assets, Khan claimed that he has done nothing illegal and any money he brought into the country was brought through legal means.

The claim was made in a series of tweets in which Khan first said that no matter who investigates him, there will only be one conclusion: "Whether the Supreme Court investigates [my case] or forms a Joint Investigation Team ..., here is my challenge: whatever they want to do, they will come to only one conclusion"

He elaborated by saying that he bought his London property with the money he made through playing cricket:

"I bought [the] London flat from taxed legit cricket earnings in 1983; sold it in 2003 & brought funds back thru legit banking channels"

According to his tweets Khan paid for the Bani Gala property through the money he had made out of selling the London flat in 2003:

"Paid for purchase of Bani Gala property from these earned funds remitted back to Pakistan."

He also made the claim that he was never served a tax notice in all the years that he was eligible to pay taxes in London:

"Was taxpayer in UK for 20 yrs; am taxpayer in Pak since 1981. Never have I done anything illegal; nor have I ever been served a tax notice"

Contrasting his own situation with the Sharifs, Imran made the claim that he can predict that the joint investigation team probing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's business dealings abroad will find him guilty of tax evasion:

"In contrast, I predict JIT will find Nawaz Sharif, while he held the prime minister's office guilty of tax evasion, money laundering & perjury (Qatari letter)"

He concluded by saying:

"Those who think I am playing with fire & might get disqualified, it will be a small price to pay to rid Pakistan of corruption mafias' Godfather."

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