Malik Maqsood Ahmad, more commonly known as Maqsood ‘Chaprasi’ (peon), accused of Rs16 billion money-laundering in the case against Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif and his son Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Hamza Shehbaz passed away in Dubai on Thursday, June 9.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday demanded a probe into Maqsood’s death.

Maqsood had reportedly left for the UAE in 2018, just before the PTI came to power. Khan often referred to him in his public speeches alleging that PM Sharif and his sons laundered billions of rupees using Maqsood’s bank account.

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PTI information secretary Farrukh Habib raised several questions on the death of Maqsood and tweeted, “After the Shehbaz Sharif government came to power, the sudden deaths of Dr Rizwan and Maqsood, and change of prosecutor in the money-laundering case (against Shehbaz and others) are evident of how the Sicilian Mafia works.”

PTI central Punjab president Dr Yasmin Rashid and general secretary Hammad Azhar also demanded Maqsood’s postmortem, maintaining that the nation should be informed who would inherit the Rs3bn apparently lying in his account.