'Will march towards Raiwind if Panama Papers revelations not probed independently'

Published: April 10, 2016
Express News screen grab of PTI chairman addressing the nation on April 10, 2016.

Express News screen grab of PTI chairman addressing the nation on April 10, 2016.

Imran Khan has announced to march towards Raiwind if Panama Papers revelations were not probed by an independent judicial commission.

“We will surround Raiwind with millions of people to press the premier to either constitute an independent judicial commission or step down,” Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman said in his address to the nation on Sunday.

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.

“We will announce our next plan of action on April 24 (PTI’s 20th foundation day) and surround Raiwind to stage a sit-in there if our demands are not met.”

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He added that “the premier has lost the moral authority to continue running the affairs of the state as he is accused of money-laundering, tax evasion, corruption and concealing of assets.”

Imran promised the nation he will not back off this time and continue to push for the demands.

“We ended the dharna because of a horrific incident [Army Public School tragedy]. But this time we will not back off, we will go to Raiwind.”

“We are giving you time until April 24 to meet our demands,” PTI chairman said while mentioning an ongoing global probe on the revelations.

The PTI chairman urged the nation to take benefit of the defining moment and rise against the corrupt rulers.

“This is the time to rise and if the masses will not struggle at this time, everything is bound to be destroyed,” PTI chairman added..

“The money hidden abroad through offshore companies is no more secret and demands that a struggle be waged against the wrongdoing.”

Panama Leaks are in fact from Allah and the “umpire has given his decision,” he added.

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Regarding the refusal of request to deliver speech on Pakistan Television, Imran said that “being the head of the second largest party of the country, I had the right to address the nation.”

On Friday, government rejected PTI’s demand to broadcast Imran Khan’s speech live on state television, saying only the President and PM have the right.

In a letter to Pakistan Television (PTV), Imran had asked for the permission to “respond to the baseless allegations on Shaukat Khanum Hospital and explain his position on the Panama Leaks.”

The PTI has also rejected a judicial commission formed by the PM on April 5, and demanded an independent commission led by the Chief Justice to probe the revelations.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Ashraf
    Apr 10, 2016 - 7:34PM

    Mr.Imran Khan, no judge is prepared to head the commission. I think you should ask Nawaz Sharif to wear the black coat and lead the investigation. Nobody else will accept.Recommend

  • naeem khan
    Apr 10, 2016 - 7:53PM

    IK is inciting people to attack a private residence He and his goons should be shot Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Apr 10, 2016 - 7:59PM

    We only wish he would march towards common sense.Recommend

  • sabi
    Apr 10, 2016 - 8:02PM

    Who will join you except few hundred fools. Who mostly are interested in eyes contact.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 10, 2016 - 8:26PM

    March towards Prime Minister’s private residence should never be tolerated. Any miscreant who crosses line should be arrested and prosecuted. Recommend

  • M.S.
    Apr 10, 2016 - 8:31PM

    Who will probe independently? There is no one in this country who is independent or neutral. Recommend

  • Sceptic
    Apr 10, 2016 - 8:36PM

    Imran Khan is becoming desperate. He knows his party stands no chance now or in 2018. By threatening a dharna at Rai Wind, he is trying to bully the PM. Recommend

  • Real Truth
    Apr 10, 2016 - 9:29PM

    This guy KNOWS he will NEVER be a PM thru legitimate means; so, his financiers have pounced on yet another opportunity to exploit an excuse, create anarchy, and PLANT him as a PM thru back-door!!! Little does IK know that the days of govt overthrows are history, people will NOT let that happen!!! So, IK needs to be content with just playing PM thru FAKE “Address to the Nation”, like he did today!!! What a loser!Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Apr 10, 2016 - 9:29PM

    Paid Nooras are desperate for the issue to go away. IK the nation is with you, please burn down Raiwind. If you don’t history will never forgive you.Recommend

  • Asfand
    Apr 10, 2016 - 9:35PM

    For ppl who are saying that he shouldn’t march towards pm house , tell us are you all gone insance we know you .pmln supporters dont have any brain left in your heads ,due to your foolishness this country is going to vanish bcz you vote for thugs like NS and zardari for just few grains of wheat .no one is above law Pm should resign for that you need some self respect which he doesn’t have , so why not surrond his residency Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Apr 10, 2016 - 10:45PM

    IK needs to enlist 100,000 IRS special agents to march towards Raiwind because nobody in this country either got the guts or cares. Recommend

  • asad
    Apr 10, 2016 - 10:46PM

    Why does Imran want to investigate when the whole nation thinks of Nawaz Sharif as innocent and sole saviour for the needy in Pakistan ? let these looters rule the country until the nation is ready to get back into their senses.Recommend

  • asad
    Apr 10, 2016 - 10:46PM

    Why does Imran want to investigate when the whole nation thinks of Nawaz Sharif as innocent and sole saviour for the needy in Pakistan ? let these looters rule the country until the nation is ready to get back into their senses.Recommend

  • zubair
    Apr 10, 2016 - 11:01PM

    Iceland, Ukraine and finally Britain’s PM also going to resign. The sins committed by these head of states is far less than that of Nawaz Sharif and his family and close cronies. It is unfortunate our country masses have no character most of whom are illiterate with Zinda hai Bhuto or Sher aya sher slave mindset ruled by a few top goons. This is last chance to change all of that.Recommend

  • pervaiz
    Apr 10, 2016 - 11:02PM

    non sense showboat always talk non sense. what a joke we have in bani ghalla.Recommend

  • Usman
    Apr 10, 2016 - 11:59PM

    There are lengends who are more bothered by a march towards Raiwind than being ruled by bunch of thugs and decoits for decades. Recommend

  • Ch. KA Nye
    Apr 11, 2016 - 12:26AM

    Independent probe by a non-financial man… he won’t even begin to understand the complexities of this sort of a set-up. Even with the leaks, how is he going to make sense of this sort of a financial maze. A major internationally recognized forensic accountancy firm is what is needed and then too it will take years. MNS’s offer of a probe is a joke… Recommend

  • Sam
    Apr 11, 2016 - 1:00AM

    Why a PM use state provided benefit to address his personal mischief? Isn’t that misuse of power already? Recommend

  • Azi
    Apr 11, 2016 - 1:04AM

    All these people with their usual ant- IK banter, if you can step out side that circle of hate and answer the simple question not only in IK’s mind but most Pakistan’s too. That is why cant this be an independent probe? Because then NS wont be able to hide his and his family’s dirty secrets?Recommend

  • aneel
    Apr 11, 2016 - 1:52AM

    Way to Go IK.You are the only one who can save Pakistan from these totally corrupt people.Dont rest till you topple the govt.Only YOU can do this job…Everyone else is either corrupt or in competentRecommend

  • Ali
    Apr 11, 2016 - 2:06AM

    Get a life dudeRecommend

  • Aim
    Apr 11, 2016 - 5:58AM

    If you can not support IK on the nawaz corruption, than don’t cry on corruption, poverty, PIA, NAB and all miss management of the country, because we all are hypocrite, we cry on issues but never support who flight to resolve the issue.Recommend

  • ivehadit
    Apr 11, 2016 - 4:17PM

    Raiwind will not attract the peoples attention like Islamabad did.Recommend

  • May 9, 2016 - 8:37PM

    Maryan Nawaz’s media cell seems quite active, sad people.Recommend

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