Imran Khan demands commission headed by CJP to probe Panama Papers revelations

In address to the National Assembly, PTI chairman threatens to take to the streets if demand not met


News Desk April 07, 2016
A file photo of Imran Khan. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman has threatened to organise street protests if a judicial commission headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) to probe Panama Papers revelations is not formed.

“We should make a commission under Chief Justice of Pakistan, and involve forensic investigators who can look into white-collar corruption," Imran said in his address to the National Assembly on Thursday.

"If the government does not constitute an empowered commission, we will have no other option but to take to streets."

A massive leak of 11.5 million tax documents on April 3 exposed the secret offshore dealings of world leaders and celebrities, also naming three of the premier’s children for owning London real estate through offshore companies.

In response to the leaks, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday announced forming a high-level judicial commission, under a retired judge, to investigate the allegations of owning off-shore companies and concealing assets.

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The PTI chairman said this was a defining moment for Pakistan.

“At this crucial juncture, we do not have money to run state affairs. However, if we right the problem of tax evasion and get the assets of the affluent class declared, we can solve a number of issues faced by our country."

Imran also censured the PM for his 'efforts' to undermine the credibility of Shaukat Khanum hospital.

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“Our welfare hospital benefits common people where they can get treatment at minimal cost. But the ruling party wants to destroy the hospital,” he said, adding the PML-N wanted to silence critics by their false propaganda against SKMH.

Rejecting allegations hurled against him by the PML-N leaders, Imran said his hospital receives international donations.

Opposition leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah also rejected the judicial commission, demanding an audit of the accusations by an international firm.

“We, the opposition of the government, reject the judicial commission and demand an international firm carryout the audit; only then can the whole nation accept its report,” Shah said while speaking during the session.

COMMENTS (14)

PapaTango | 5 years ago | Reply RealTruth: all endowments the world over lost money since 2008 after the world financial meltdown. Your calling investing in a stock market gambling belies a lack of knowledge. If that were true then you should ask for the disbanding of the Pakistan Stock Exchange. And the money was from foreign contributions and run, managed, and audited by a world class professionals and all the record is available for everyone. For you to link SK hospital public funding and public management to multi million dollar tax avoidance schemes to benefit a private business is deplorable. To quote Mr. Asif: koi sharam...... I hope and pray that neither you nor your family for the rest of time ever need the services of SK hospital.
PapaTango | 5 years ago | Reply Mr. Asif wants to know what was the rate of return on the $3 million that the endowment of a public charity SK hospital made and what would have been the rate of return had that money been invested in Pakistan. He considers that illegal.Well Mr. Asif: what is the rate of return the Sharif coterie has earned on their offshore businesses and what would it have been had they invested in Pakistan and more importantly how much would the national exchequer have been paid taxes had those investments been made in Pakistan? Koi sharam hoti hai koi hayaa hoti hai, jo hay. Regardless of who has done what, this government and its ministers have no moral authority whatsoever in asking people to invest in Pakistan nor ask them to pay their taxes: the two cornerstones of any nations economy no longer has any government credibility.
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