ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Tuesday accused Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan’s former ambassador to US Husain Haqqani of being behind the upcoming book of Reham Khan, what it said the book is part of the pre-poll rigging plan.

“It has now become apparent that this is Raiwind network (behind this book) which is being operated through Husain Haqqani,” PTI Secretary Information Fawad Chaudhry said in a news conference while using the name of Raiwind — the place where palatial residence of PML-N leadership, including former Nawaz Sharif and his family is situated.

While questioning the sources of income of Reham Khan, former wife of PTI Chairman Imran Khan whose yet to be launched book has caused quite an unrest among the PTI ranks and files, Secretary Information PTI asked Reham Khan either to issue a rebuttal within 24 hours about the content, that is being circulated on social media of her book or be ready for a legal action. “We will register criminal cases against them,” he said. He also asked Reham Khan to tender an apology for writing a “malicious, filthy and objectionable” content in the book otherwise PTI reserved the right to initiate legal proceedings against her.

He said that PML-N had first targeted his party women who used to be the participants of the party’s rallies and now their target was Imran Khan and party leadership. He, while quoting Slaman Ahmad, singer and PTI activist, said that Shahbaz Sharif, president PML-N, gave one hundred thousand Pound to Reham Khan as bribe for writing the book.

He also demanded of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take a notice of the upcoming book that had objectionable content and ban it as this was part o f pre-poll rigging plan of PML-N. “Why this book is being launched only 60 or 5 days before the election,” he questioned. He also viewed that the Council of Common Interests should take notice of the book as this challenged their traditional family system. He said that it was surprising that Reham Khan had been claiming that she got edited this “objectionable” book from her son and daughter. “Its content is pornographic and was only a reflection of the imagination of Reham Khan.”

Fawad Chaudhry also said that Cyber Crime Wing of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) should probe into the alleged email conversation, that was being circulated on social media, between former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal and Reham Khan to allegedly facilitate the latter’s meeting with Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

He also asked Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to take notice of those TV shows that are bringing under discussion the content of the upcoming book that is still a “gossip”.

He said that though the content of the book being circulated was very malicious, yet it was surprising that Rehman Khan had not issued a rebuttal despite all these are “speculations” and this gives credence to the belief that the content was exact. Questioning the sources of money of Reham Khan, he said that she was jobless for the last three years since her divorce. “From where Rehman Khan is getting money…She is living in London and sometimes she uploads her photographs from a five-star hotel of Turkey. She is living a princess life,” he argued.

While trying to prove his allegation that PML-N was behind this book, he said that three PML-N leaders, including Hanif Abbasi, Abdi Sher Ali and Rana Sanaullah were aware of the content of the nook from the last more than one year. “Abbasi had once, only three days after the Panama verdict, said in a press conference that what would be the fate of Imran Khan if Reham’s book came before election,” he added. Similar Abid Sher Ali had hinted towards the allegations regarding PTI MNA Murad Saeed.

Explaining his point that Hussain Haqqani was also part of the plan, he while mentioning a meeting of Reham Khan and Hussain Haqqani in London said that Haqqani had a track record of running propaganda campaigns against the politicians. Haqqani had been running a cell in Model Town, the then residence of Sharif family in Lahore in 1987 and was behind a malicious media campaign against former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and her mother Nusrat Bhutto ahead of general elections. The fake photographs of Benazir Bhutto and Nusrat Bhutto were part of the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad’s election campaign. Then PML-N brought the scandal of Sita White against Imran Khan in 1996 after coming to know that he was coming into politics. “They can go to any extent,” he said.

“Imran Khan has a problem. PTI has a problem. Shero—the pet dog of Imran Khan, is also a celebrity on social media because of its affiliation with party chief,” he gave a strange example and added that same is the case with Reham Khan as she became famous because of her affiliation with Imran Khan.

On the issue of revision of nomination forms for electoral candidates, he said the PML-N and PPP made changes in the Form only to save thieves and dacoits. He said that though Chief Justice of Pakistan had categorically made it clear that there would be no delay in the election process, yet PTI’s suggestion was that the ECP should get printed the Forms for getting addition mandatory information from the candidates. He said the ECP should collect this additional information from candidates by 29th of this month.

Secretary Information PTI also said that hours long load-shedding had exposed the tall claims of PML-N leadership including former chief minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif.

To a question, he said that PTI would release the complete list of its election candidates today and a list being circulated on the social media in this regard was fake.