Imran Khan’s party calls for investigation into corruption-linked death of ex-Prime Minister Sharif’s aide

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New Delhi: Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has called for an investigation into the “mysterious death” of a former employee of Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, involved in a corruption case.

Malik Maqsood Ahmad, popularly known as Maqsood ‘Chaprasi’ (peon), was a key figure in the PKR 16 billion money laundering case against Shehbaz and his son Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz, reported the Dawn newspaper.

Ahmad, 49, died in Dubai under “mysterious” circumstances, the report adds. This untimely death prompted the PTI to demand an independent investigation to determine the true cause of the person’s death as well as that of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), involved in the case.

According to a Pakistani newspaper, Maqsood Ahmad was a co-defendant and a declared offender in the money laundering case against the Pakistani Prime Minister and his family. He reportedly left for the United Arab Emirates in 2018, just before Imran Khan’s party came to power.

Embattled PTI leader Imran Khan repeatedly referenced Ahmad as he attacked Sharif and his family in money laundering cases.

“This is very disturbing news. Those who investigate the Sharifs or witnesses in their cases die suddenly. First, Dr. Rizwan died suddenly. And now Maqsood Chaprasi, an important witness, in this case is no longer either This is why the Supreme Court has called the Sharifs a ‘Sicilian Mafia.’ We demand an investigation into both deaths,” former federal minister Fawad Chaudhry said in a tweet.

Another PTI leader, Farrukh Habib, also said Maqsood’s mysterious death raised several questions.

“After the Shehbaz Sharif government came to power, the sudden death of Dr. Rizwan and Maqsood, and the change of prosecutor in the money laundering case (against Shehbaz and others) is evident for the Sicilian Mafia “, he tweeted.

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