Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif Refuses to Resign Amid Panamagate Row
15 July, 2017, 00:48 | Author: Kelly Sanders
Nearly all opposition parties, including the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), have asked the prime minister to resign. "We have not committed any corruption in any project... bring to the fore if there is any evidence against me or Shahbaz Sharif", he said.
The JIT probing the Panama Papers, in its report to the supreme court, accused Shairif's wife Maryam Sharif of forgery.
The crisis hit the Sharif family when the Panama Papers disclosed previous year three of Prime Minister Sharif's children owned offshore companies and assets not shown on his family's wealth statement.
"The JIT report about our family businesses are the sum of hypotheses, accusations and slander", the statement read, adding, "Accusations amounting to billions are being made here but no wrongdoing has been proven".
It also linked a number of Pakistan President Nawaz Sharif's children to several luxury London flats, which critics of the Sharif administration said were bought using funds obtained via corruption. He said session of the Senate has been called on July 17, the day the Supreme Court's special bench would hold its next hearing in the Panama case.
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The Supreme Court is likely to take up the JIT report on Monday.
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The opposition parties will soon request for a Joint Session of Parliament to discuss the JIT's report and the matter of the prime minister's resignation, sources added. Among those customers was Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter, Maryam.
The high-profile graft case is about alleged money laundering by Sharif in 1990s when he twice served as the Prime Minister to purchase assets in London. Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, and Bilawal Bhutto of the Pakistan Peoples Party have warned that democracy could be in danger if Mr. Sharif would not agree to step down.
The plush apartments are at the heart of the case against the Sharif family, with authorities and the opposition questioning the legitimacy of funds used to buy them via offshore companies. If he were forced to step down, his ruling PML-N party could appoint a new leader as prime minister until the polls.
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