A senior Pakistani politician says he’s been told by his doctors that he can’t return to Pakistan to talk on air about his case, which he says was a cover-up by his former boss.
The remarks by Imran Khan, a former minister in his ruling party, are likely to fuel public anger over allegations that Pakistan’s military and intelligence services were involved in a failed assassination attempt on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
“I have been told from the medical team that I cannot be in Pakistan.
It’s an absolute lie.
I have been given no reason,” Khan told a news conference.
He also said he had been informed that he had to submit an affidavit for his medical certificate before being allowed to return home.
“It’s a lie.
There is no excuse for it.
They have destroyed my career,” he said, referring to the military and police.
In an interview with the Press Trust of India news agency, Khan also denied being a spy and claimed he had only been a patient for a few months before his arrest.
“The truth is I was not a spy.
I am a patient,” Khan said.
Khan, who is also a politician, has been in hiding since his arrest in March 2016 on suspicion of involvement in a plot to assassinate Sharif, the country’s first democratically elected leader.
He says he has no plans to leave the country.