Estranged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Jahangir Khan Tareen has said he is begging for justice from the ruling party, but is not parting from it.
“I have been silent for a year, but my loyalty is being tested. I am begging for justice from PTI,” Tareen told media when he arrived at the banking court for his bail hearing.
He said that he is a friend of the party, but is being pushed away.
“Imran Khan, let me be friends and expose the conspirators,” he said after the extention of his bail.
Member of the National Assembly Malik Riaz, also present at the occasion, added that Prime Minister Imran Khan could not have taken the vote of confidence had Jahangir Tareen not been active.
Tareen said he is being unfairly targetted for “revenge” in the sugar mills case.
“Out of the 80 sugar mill owners, all they could see was Jahangir Tareen,” he lamented.
He added that two first information reports (FIRs) had been filed against him, not even one, and questioned why his and his son Ali Khan Tareen’s accounts had been frozen.
“Who is doing this?” he asked. “Who benefits from this?”
A week earlier, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) registered a case against Jahangir Khan Tareen and his son Ali Tareen for their alleged involvement in a Rs3.14 billion corporate fraud.
The FIA alleged that Tareen transferred shares worth over Rs3 billion from his company JDW to a non-operational pulp company owned by his son-in-law through fraud. The money was then transferred to the accounts of Tareen’s family members, the FIA alleged.
At least 26 per cent of the JDW is owned by public shareholders.
Meanwhile, the FIA has also booked Rana Naseem, a close aide of Tareen, over embezzlement in buying. Naseem, the former agriculture secretary, was working as the chief financial officer in Tareen’s company.
BAIL EXTENDED: A banking court in Lahore extended interim bail of PTI leader Jahangir Tareen and his son Ali Tareen till April 10.
The hearing of the case could not be held as the judge was on leave and the court’s duty judge extended the interim bail.
Jahangir and Ali Tareen appeared in person before the court.
Meanwhile, some members of the PTI from Punjab accompanied Jahangir to the court. They are; Lala Tahir Randhawa, Raja Riaz, Noman Langrial, Salman Naeem, Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Khurram Leghari and Abdul Hai Dasti.
Police, in the meantime, arrested a man from the court premises and recovered a gun from his possession.