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PML-N accusations against 'Shaukat Khanum' will hurt poor Pakistanis

Published Aug 01, 2012 03:47pm

PTI chief Imran Khan. – File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday claimed that his hospital, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre was being audited regularly and allegations leveled by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) were baseless, DawnNews reported.

Earlier today, Khawaja Asif, leader of the PML-N accused Khan of gambling 12.5 million dollars in the real-estate abroad.

Asif, while addressing a press conference in Islamabad, had handed out hard copies of “evidence” against Khan’s investments.

Responding to these accusation, Khan said “Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital is not my personal hospital; 75 per cent of the patients here are poor Pakistanis.”

By defaming the hospital, Asif has caused trouble for many poor Pakistanis who receive free treatment at the hospital, Khan said.

“It is the only free cancer hospital in the country and the PML-N should have thought before doing such thing,” he added.

The PTI Chief claimed that the PML-N has started blame game at this time of the year because it was Ramazan and the hospital receives hefty donations during this month.

Khan said “In 1997, the PML-N created similar doubts and donations stopped coming in and I had to tour all over the world for fundraising for the hospital,” he said.

He said that 65 per cent of the funds for the hospital are collected from Pakistan and the rest from other countries.

Overseas Pakistanis contribute to the hospital donation  in an account which is managed by the hospital management by creating an endowment fund, Khan said.

He said that the PML-N can harm Pakistan to any extent just to come to power.

The PTI Chief said that he had filed a case against PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi which was in process in the courts.

He claimed that the PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif and his family possess billions of rupees in foreign banks and Sharif himself was involved in money laundering.

Khan challenged “If I am wrong, then Sharif should take me to the courts… I will take him to the court for false allegations against Shaukat Khanum hospital.”