Imran demands immediate probe in Sharif family’s alleged offshore wealth

PTI chief terms Panama Papers act of God to expose tax evaders before masses


News Desk April 04, 2016
An Express News screengrab of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan addressing a press conference in Islamabad on April 04, 2016.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan demanded on Monday the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to immediately launch an investigation into the recent revelations about Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family's alleged offshore wealth.

“If NAB wants to save its face in the country it should unveil the corruption of these people," Imran said while addressing a press conference at his Bani Gala residence in Islamabad.



"If it is unable to act against the powerful elite then there is no reason for this institution to exist."



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The PTI chief said the revelations through Panama papers were not a conspiracy against Pakistan but the tax evaders were exposed by God.



“I have been raising my voice for the last 20 years on this issue and I still say this is just one firm which has been revealed in the papers. I am sure there are many more,” said Imran.



The cricketer-turned-politician termed it a defining moment for the country and urged the people to ask those, who take their money out of the country, how could they invite foreigners to invest in Pakistan.

“If Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and France can start investigation into it then why can’t we?” he asked.

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The PTI chief questioned the heavy investment of Sharif family in foreign properties, saying “who lent billions to Sharif’s to setup their businesses abroad?”

“Just when Hussain Nawaz realised their secret companies were about to be surfaced, he appeared on a TV show and owned all these companies,” he upheld.



Imran said the Sharif family was unable to explain how they shifted such huge funds out of the country.

'No off-shore companies'

Pervez Rashid said Panama Papers have re-confirmed that the prime minister does not have any assets abroad or off-shore companies, according to Radio Pakistan.

“I challenge PTI chairman Imran Khan to prove in a UK court any illegality in the businesses owned by sons of the prime minister,” information minister said while addressing a news conference in Islamabad.

Rashid asked Imran to explain the sources of his assets abroad and purchase of property in Bani Gala, Islamabad.

COMMENTS (13)

Malveros | 4 years ago | Reply Again Nonsense from IK. Having offshore companies doesn't mean anything illegal has been done. The basic premise of the Panama leak is just to show who all own offshore companies.
Lolz | 4 years ago | Reply @Rex Minor: @Political Analyst: @Imran Qadri: The poor nation salutes you guys for defending your lords even against an open secret! Long live darbaari's!
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