Khaqan Abbasi challenges critics, denies possessing illegal wealth

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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
The PML-N’s nominee for interim prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on Sunday challenged his critics saying “whoever wants to file a reference against me should feel free to do so”.

Abbasi was responding to media persons following his meeting with Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman in the federal capital.

To another question, the former petroleum minister said, “To my understanding of legal matters, there is no harm in possessing an iqama — it’s just a work permit — but nowadays laws are being interpreted in ways that are stranger than ever.”

“I have disclosed all my assets and their details are published in Pakistan Gazette. So those levelling baseless allegations should first check their own acts,” he maintained.

When asked about his comments on the speculations regarding the involvement of establishment in PM’s ouster, Abbasi said, “There are no two sides in this country, we all are one and work for the betterment of this country in a united way.”

PML-N leaders, in a parliamentary committee meeting headed by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday, had decided that Nawaz’s younger brother, Shahbaz Sharif, should take over as the party’s leader in Parliament.

Additionally, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who was until Friday the petroleum minister, will take over as interim prime minister till the time Shahbaz is elected to Parliament, and then to the prime minister’s office.

Originally Posted on SuchTv

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