Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign from his post until investigation into the disclosures made through the Panama Papers is over.
“You [Nawaz Sharif] should resign while the investigation is going on and resume your position once proven innocent,” the PPP leader said as he lashed out against the premier at a political rally in Kotli, Azad Kashmir.
Government has been under tremendous pressure since the Panama Papers revealed the names of around 220 Pakistanis, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s immediate family members, keeping offshore accounts in international tax havens.
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Predicting Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) downfall, Bilawal claimed that all lies and frauds allegedly carried out by the prime minister are getting exposed and would ultimately lead to his party’s defeat.
“PML-N’s defeat will begin from Kashmir the way water flows from here and reach all over Pakistan,” Bilawal said, urging people to come together and defeat “Modi’s friend Nawaz Sharif” and his party.
While urging Kashmiris to prepare for the elections in 2018, PPP chairman asked them to beware of rigging techniques adopted by the ruling party. “I know that PML-N is expert in rigging, but I trust my Kashmiri people will defeat all these tactics.”
Lambasting PM Nawaz and his government for not paying heed to the needs of Kashmiris, Bilawal alleged that instead of starting developmental projects in underdeveloped region of Azad Kashmir, the premier invested money in Metro Bus projects which failed to benefit the poor.
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Further, speaking about the struggle of Kashmiris, the young PPP leader said, “Kashmir is considered a symbol of freedom struggle,” while adding that PM Nawaz has never openly talked against the oppression in Kashmir.
“I am not afraid of Modi government and Indian media's criticism when I talk about Kashmir. They know Bhutto’s voice is heard all over the world,” he said adding that “I take pride in the fact that my party has always supported Kashmiris.”