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PML-N targeting Shaukat Khanum for political interests: Imran Khan.

LAHORE -- Expressing dismay over allegations of embezzlement in funds of Shaukat Khanum Hospital, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said that hospitals are spared and exempted from attack even during war like situation but his political opponents do not miss a chance to make unnecessary criticism.

Addressing an award distribution ceremony held under Shaukat Khanum Hospital, Khan said those levelling baseless allegations should rather call for investigation and send him to prison if allegations proved true.

He said that Pakistan Mulsim League-Nawaz (PML-N) couldn't make a single cancer hospital in its 30 year rule in Punjab.

'My prayers are with Kulsoom Nawaz, may Allah give her a speedy recovery,' Khan said. He said that the wife of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went overseas for treatment but how many people can afford that. 'Political opponents shouldn't target Shaukat Khanum for political interests,' he said.

Lauding efforts of various artists, Khan said the artists have contributed a lot for establishing the hospital where 75 per cent of cancer patients get free medical treatment.

'After Peshawar and Lahore, we are building a cancer hospital in Karachi,' he said, adding that the hospital has served its patients in an exemplary way. 'No hospital around the world provide such facilities free of cost,' he added.

He said criticism on Shaukat Khanum hospital is beyond his understanding since there is no other cancer hospital in the country while urging his opponents to restrain making unnecessary criticism for their political rivalry with him.

Khan accused Lahore Development Authority (LDA) for impeding development work within the hospital premises by raising unwarranted objections on building maps, adding, similar kind of hindrances are faced for acquiring electricity connections.

Later, he distributed awards among corporate donors.

'They [Punjab government] created hurdles for a social welfare institute,' he said. He said that if they had found any financial embezzlement in Shaukat Khanum, they should act against it but they shouldn't use it for their political interests.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Aug 27, 2017
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