Islamabad: Former Pakistan cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz made an explosive allegation against former Pakistan cricket team captain and current Prime Minister Imran Khan for consuming drugs in a talk show at a Pakistani news channel.
Nawaz claimed that Khan has been consuming charas (cannabis) on a regular basis. He also alleged that Khan snorted cocaine.
Nawaz and Khan used to play for the national cricket team of Pakistan during the 1970s and 1980s. Nawaz gave details of an incident from the 1987 tour of England. He said that Khan had some difficulty in bowling against the Englishmen. After returning home to Islamabad, Khan used to visit Nawaz’s house and used to do drugs.
“He also snorts something. He (Imran Khan) has been consuming cannabis, he used to do it in London and even at my home. In 1987, when Pakistan faced England in a cricket match and he did not bowl well, he had come to my house and said along with Mohsin Khan, Abdul Qadir, Salim Malik in Islamabad for a meal and also consumed charas. He also snorts something and consumes cocaine as well. In London, he would roll something and snort it,” Nawaz was quoted as saying by TimesNowNews.
“Bring him in front of me and let’s see if he denies it. I am not the lone eyewitness, there are many others in London,” he added.
However, Nawaz isn’t the only one who has imposed such allegations against Imran Khan. Khan’s ex-wife Reham Khan also alleged that he is a womaniser and a regular drug abuser. Reham also claimed that Khan used to assault her and was in a live-in relationship with a married person. Reham in her book has accused Khan of consuming heroin and several other banned drugs such as Rohypnol.
Nawaz was a part of the Pakistan team for a long time — 1969 to 1984 and played a total of 55 Tests and 45 ODIs for the national team. In 1985, he took retirement from cricket and became a member of the parliament of Pakistan. He and Khan shared the dressing room for a long time and have spent even some time off the field with each other.