Former Defense Minister Pervez Khattak Testifies in 190 Million Pound Reference Case

Pervez Khattak testifies in the 190 million pound reference case, shedding light on the controversial cabinet meeting.
Former Defense Minister Pervez Khattak Testifies in 190 Million Pound Reference Case

In a pivotal moment for the 190 million pound reference case, former defense minister Pervez Khattak testified in court, sharing critical insights into the cabinet's handling of the funds. The hearing was conducted by Judge Muhammad Ali Waraich at Adiala Jail, with notable attendees including PTI founder chairman Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi.


Court Proceedings

Pervez Khattak, who served as Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, recorded his statement, revealing that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had previously taken his statement in May 2023 concerning the 190 million pounds. He disclosed that the seized money was supposed to be returned to Pakistan.


Khattak clarified that this issue was not initially part of the cabinet's agenda but was introduced as an additional agenda item during the meeting. This addition faced objections from several cabinet members, including Khattak himself. The related documents were presented in a sealed envelope, and despite the objections, the supplementary agenda was eventually approved by the cabinet.


"The reference investigation officer mentioned there was a writing along with the agenda," Khattak added.


Cross-Examination and Adjournment

During the hearing, the cross-examination of one witness was completed, and another witness's statement was recorded. The court adjourned the reference hearing until July 13.


Political Reactions

The case has sparked considerable political discourse. Recently, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ali Amin Gandapur, addressing a gathering in Mansehra, suggested that Khattak was being pressured to testify against Imran Khan. Gandapur warned that if Khattak did so, he would not be allowed to stay in the province.


In response, Pervez Khattak emphasized his integrity, stating, "Ali Amin knows me, and I know Ali Amin well. Ali Amin Gandapur should not spread flames. NAB has sent a notice and called me. I will not give a statement against anyone but will describe what happened in the cabinet at that time."



The testimony of Pervez Khattak is a crucial development in the ongoing 190 million pound reference case, potentially influencing the judicial proceedings significantly. As the case progresses, it remains to be seen how his revelations will impact the political landscape and the fate of those involved.