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I will bring back Pakistan’s looted money from UK: Imran Khan

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime minister-designate Imran Khan has made it clear to the British officials that he’ll bring back his country’s looted wealth stashed in the UK by corrupt Pakistani politicians and officials.

The former cricketer used his first meeting with British officials since his general election win to say he would pursue laundered money.

The former cricket superstar had campaigned for the general election mainly on the point that he’d bring the elite and the powerful to justice.

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Imran Khan meeting the British High Commissioner Thomas Drew CREDIT: @PTIOFFICIAL

In the meeting with the High Commissioner, Thomas Drew, Khan said it was “our firm resolve to bring back to the country the money laundered to the UK.”

UK’s media outlet The Telegraph understands no specific requests for investigations or seizures were made during the meeting, but on Thursday the UK said it would “work constructively” with the new leader.

A spokesman for the British High Commission said: “Tackling corruption is a UK government priority and we will continue to work constructively with Pakistan on this issue.”

He said Britain has robust laws “for the recovery of illicit assets where there is evidence to do so”.

Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif was jailed for 10 years by an anti-corruption investigation into his London property portfolio.

The meeting also discussed British aid to the country.

Mr Khan’s party back-pedalled on suggestions he would invite foreign dignitaries and international sports stars to his inauguration later this month.

Officials in his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party had earlier in the week met with foreign ministry officials to discuss inviting foreign leaders including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Invitations to friends from Mr Khan’s cricketing days were also mooted, including Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar.

On Thursday the PTI said Mr Khan had instead decided “to arrange the oath-taking event with austerity” with no foreign dignitaries or celebrities.

A spokesman said: “Being the custodians of tax-payers money, we are looking forward to hold a simple and austere oath-taking ceremony completely national in its façade and essence.”

Meanwhile reports that a computerised anti-fraud system for compiling election night results had been deliberately not used led to calls for an investigation by defeated parties who have alleged Mr Khan won through massive rigging.

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