ISLAMABAD - Instead of defusing the tension between his party and PTI Chairman Imran Khan, his old Atchison college friend and Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday kept entangled him by repeating his allegations against Imran.

Addressing a press conference, Nisar said the PTI chief had to answer several serious questions, adding that Imran had never paid tax as there were not tax returns to prove that. He further said Imran claimed he purchased piece of land in Sheikhupura worth Rs 7 million but did not mention it in the tax returns.

Nisar claimed that Imran said he bought his residence in Islamabad after selling out a flat in London but there was no proof of money being transferred to Pakistan.

Clearing allegations against PML-N President Nawaz Sharif, Nisar said his flats in Mayfair were not hidden from anyone and they were bought on loans. “It has been almost 20 years since the flats were bought, but the loans have still not been paid back. It is not something unusual, it is on record.” “Imran says Nawaz should not hide behind his family. I would ask him not to hide behind the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital,” the PML-N stalwart added.

“Imran had said he would challenge me in the court but he is still keeping quiet,” Nisar said.

He added Nawaz’ sons would respond to Imran’s statements as they were running business.

The PML leader said Imran never criticised President Asif Ali Zardari and only mentioned Nawaz’s name while citing book of Raymond Baker. He challenged Imran to hold a media debate and chose five media persons so that the truth could be told to the nation.

Nisar claimed that the agenda of Imran was similar to that of Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Zardari. “You brought Raymond Baker’s book in your press conference. In that same book, the most number of allegations are against Asif Zardari. But you don’t see anything against him; you didn’t bring them to the people.”

He added that in the same book, there were several allegations against the army generals but Imran did not expose them either. “All eleven accusations you posed are the same as those posed by Rehman Malik when Benazir Bhutto was in power. Some were made into cases, rest are all baseless accusations.”