Imran vows legal action over Toshakhana sale claims.

ISLAMABAD -- A day after Dubai-based businessman Umar Farooq Zahoor claimed that the PTI government had allegedly sold an expensive watch to him for $2 million, PTI Chairman Imran Khan vowed to take legal action against the businessman, the TV channel which aired the interview and anchAorperson Shahzeb Khanzada.

In a tweet, the former prime minister expressed his displeasure with the interview, exclaiming 'Enough is enough.'

He accused Mr Khanzada of being supported by 'handlers' to slander him [Imran] through 'a baseless story cooked up by a known fraudster and internationally wanted criminal'.

Mr Khan said he had spoken to his lawyers and planned to sue Jang/Geo and Mr Khanzada in Pakistan and London, while Mr Zahoor will be taken to a court in the UAE.

Earlier, while addressing a rally via video link from his residence at Zaman Park in Lahore, the PTI chairman said all items taken from the Toshakhana were sold in Islamabad, and the receipts of their sale were present in the repository. 'When the case will reach the witness stage, these will be finished forthwith,' he claimed.

The PTI chief alleged since his ouster, the PML-N and Jang/Geo group were continuously launching 'malicious campaigns' against him. 'The PML-N, Jang/Geo, and CEC [ECP chief] nexus was busy trying to prove that he had done something wrong,' he claimed and referred to the foreign funding case - later converted into prohibited funding case - as well as the Toshakhana case.

The PTI chairman said that he would also launch a defamation suit against the chief election commissioner in the funding case.

In response to the tweet of the PTI chief, Geo anchorperson Shahzeb Khanzada wrote on Twitter: 'Thank you Khan sb for taking the legal route for once. My program is available for you to give your version but I'm happy to reply to you in the court as well.'

Demand for accountability

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz also responded to the PTI chief on Wednesday and asked for 'receipts' of the sale of the gifts.

'Who was the buyer of the watch, tell the name. How was the money brought to Pakistan?' she asked.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that the former prime minister must face a transparent probe for selling the wristwatch. He said the PTI government had 'manipulated the law to buy the Toshakhana gifts on 20 per cent value'.

He claimed that the dates on which the wristwatches were sold in the market were also manipulated and called for a probe. The minister underscored...

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