“You must [sue] me and sue me in a London [court] […] And in that court, I will [produce evidence] of every TT (telegraphic transfer) made by you; how kick backs were sent from here; how money was transferred through hundi and hawala,” Akbar said in a press conference in Islamabad.

Akbar’s press conference came a day after The Mail published a story alleging that the former Punjab chief minister had embezzled money from funds provided by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) to aid victims of 2005 earthquake and floods in later years. The PML-N had refuted the story yesterday and alleged that it was published on the behest of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Akbar. Sharif had also announced that he would sue the British newspaper as well as Akbar and the prime minister.

In today’s press conference, Akbar said that The Mail’s story covered only a “small part” of the corruption committed by the former Punjab chief minister. He denied that he had exercised influence in the publishing of the story. He showed the copy of a pay order of Rs20m sent in September 2002 to private company Messers Ali and Co. which is allegedly owned by Sharif’s son-in-law, Ali Imran. The money, according to the pay order, was transferred from the earthquake reconstruction fund, Akbar said.