Imran backs army chief's stance on 'across-the-board accountability'

Published: April 19, 2016
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An Express News screen grab of Imran Khan press conference on April 19, 2016.

An Express News screen grab of Imran Khan press conference on April 19, 2016.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has come out in support of army chief General Raheel Sharif in the latter’s country-wide fight against corruption.

“Every single Pakistani stands with the army chief Sharif stance’s on across-the-board accountability in the country,” Imran said, while addressing a press conference in Peshawar on Tuesday.

In a veiled reference to the Panama Papers saga, the army chief stressed on the need for an “across-the-board accountability” and for corruption to be uprooted to ensure the nation’s prosperity.

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“Across-the-board accountability is necessary for the solidarity, integrity and prosperity of Pakistan. Pakistan’s armed forces will fully support every meaningful effort in that direction, which would ensure a better future for our next generations,” General Raheel said during his visit to the Signal Regimental Centre in Kohat.

The PTI chairman once again asked the prime minister to answer the questions raised in the wake of Panama Papers.

“The prime minister will have to answer the masses [about his alleged offshore wealth],” he said.

While giving the example of British Prime Minister David Cameron who recently made his tax returns for the last six years public, Imran said PM Nawaz should answer where his family made money from.

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“Nawaz’s daughter and son’s statements are contradictory,” he alleged.

The government has been under tremendous pressure since the Panama Papers revealed the names of around 220 Pakistanis, including the PM’s immediate family members, keeping offshore accounts in international tax havens.

Instead of responding to the controversial Panama Papers accusations, the prime minister and his party were using blackmailing tactics to silence him, concluded Imran.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • OBSERVER
    Apr 19, 2016 - 8:12PM

    should start from Aleem Khan and Malik Riaz ..both started fake property papers… Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Apr 19, 2016 - 8:17PM

    does that mean that people of DHA valley and DHA city will also get plots?Recommend

  • Apr 19, 2016 - 8:28PM

    thats goodRecommend

  • Blithe
    Apr 20, 2016 - 12:01AM

    Imran khan had no idea of the constitution and will perpetually make a fool of himself – he is our village idiot Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 20, 2016 - 2:56AM

    Why not start from you and fake revolutionary thug. Haven’t both of you damaged economy worth billions. Recommend

  • Ashfaq
    Apr 20, 2016 - 3:22AM

    Does it mean that army generals will also be included in accountability?Recommend

  • Zahid
    Apr 20, 2016 - 3:32AM

    We support Imran Khan stance against corruption accountability I m also stand and fully support to General Raheel Sharif
    Across the board accountability specifically against Nawaz Sharif and familyRecommend

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