ISLAMABAD - Salman Shahbaz Sharif, son of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Saturday said the sons of prime minister had established legitimate business abroad.

In his opinion, his cousins Hussain and Hassan were doing legitimate business abroad and there was nothing wrong in doing business outside Pakistan, he added.

Talking to a private channel, he said Hassan and Hussain were sent in exile and there they established their business without taking any favour from the Pakistani government.

He said he and his elder brother Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, member of the National Assembly, did not possess any property or business abroad as both were doing business in Pakistan.

"We have no offshore companies and even I do not have a single property in any foreign country," he added.

Replying to a query, Salman said he and Hamza Sharif had inherited a sugar mill and were running other corporate businesses. Their businesses and assets were well declared and tax paid, and the ratio of taxes being increased by 15 to 20 per cent each year with growth in the business, he added.

Salman said they had developed their businesses with blood and sweat of seven families, and the hard work spanned over a period of 50 years.

Replying to another question, he said a number of Pakistani individuals and companies were doing business abroad legally. To a question, he replied the Punjab government had saved unprecedented Rs 220 billion in the execution of mega development projects.

Questioning PTI chief Imran Khan's source of income, he asked as to how the PTI leader was maintaining his palatial house in Bani Gala. He also asked where the flood donation amount was spent. Imran was paying only Rs 100,000 tax out of millions of party's expenditures, he added.

He said the PTI chief was surrounded by Aleem Khan, who represented 'Qabza' (encroachers' mafia) and Jahangir Tareen, patron of sugar mafia, whose real faces stood exposed. He asked the media to also expose those people who got their loans written off.  To another query, he replied that the Sharif family had different set of values and culture and they all were enjoying the best relationship. "All work for the party and have no lust for power."

He said Maryam Nawaz was assisting his father very positively in politics.

The difference between them and politicians like Tareen was that he had created his empire after coming into power, but they already possessed such a business empire, he added.

Referring to the Bank of Khyber scam, Salman said the BoK managing director had floated ads in newspapers against the sitting Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister, but what action Imran Khan had taken against his chief minister.

They had no capacity and capability to act against the corrupt elements in the party, he added.

To a question, Salman said the Pakistan Peoples Party was a mature political party which had undergone a process and would not derail the democratic process. Indeed it were Imran and his cronies, who had been searching for a back door to get power, he added.

He maintained that elections in 2018 would decide the fate of such elements.