PTI chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan said on Sunday that the case against Farah Khan is a political witch hunt against her.
His remarks come a few days after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) launched an investigation against her for allegedly owning “illegal assets beyond known revenue streams, money laundering, and keeping different accounts for companies.”
In a statement, NAB stated that “an enormous turnover of Rs847 million has been found in the account of [Farah Khan] over the past three years, which does not match (sic) her declared account profile,” the NAB said in a statement.
“I want to put the question to NAB: the case you opened against Farah Khan—show it to anyone. Is this even worth a case?” he asked in response to a question during a press conference in Islamabad. where he introduced his party’s white paper on the fraudulent affairs of the coalition in power.
“First they (NAB) say that it has wealth over and above known sources of income. This only applies to public officeholders. Was she ever an MNA or a public office holder? She’s been in the real estate business for 20 years.”
Imran added that NAB stated that her assets grew significantly over three years. “All you have to do is check and see how much real estate has made [for people] — that’s the most in the history of Pakistan. Ask the real estate people how much they’ve earned. But it’s not a criminal act.
This is the same case as that of Jemima with respect to the so-called tile smuggling. The only thing wrong with her was that she was my wife,” Imran said, adding that the sole reason for this affair was because of her relationship with him.
She (Farah) is nothing but innocent. I want them to have a chance [to defend herself]. An adequate hearing should be held.”