LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should present himself and his family for accountability before anyone else.
“First of all your accountability will be done, Nawaz Sharif. After that hold me and all of PTI accountable,” he said, while addressing the party’s anti-corruption rally in Lahore on Sunday.
“We have framed Terms of References (TORs) for inquiry in the wake of Panama Papers but we will first take opposition on-board. There should be an independent commission under the chairmanship of Chief Justice of Pakistan.”
Imran asked PM Nawaz to respond to people’s questions on his assets.
“Just declare all your assets and people will be satisfied. All it takes to do so is a 30-minute press conference,” he said. “In a democracy, leader has to be accountable before people.”
He added, “According to Mian Sb, he would resign if proven guilty but [this time] ‘he wouldn’t go home but jail’.”
The PTI chairman reiterated his demand of PM’s resignation, saying he “did not have any moral authority to keep ruling the country after Panama Papers accusations”.
Earlier on Saturday, Imran had announced to move the National Accountability Bureau against Prime Minister’s media cell for advertising against his party with public money.
Talking to media, the PTI chief had alleged the cell was being controlled by prime minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and its only purpose was to hide corruption of Sharif family in the wake of Panama leaks.
Among those named in Panama Papers are three of Sharif’s four children — Maryam, who has been tipped to be his political successor; Hasan and Hussain, with the records showing they owned London real estate through offshore companies administrated by the firm.
Amid the controversy, the government announced a broad-based, open-ended inquiry to determine wrongdoings of all Pakistanis owning such holdings.
It also requested the Supreme Court to form a panel of judges to investigate the Panama leaks.
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Lauding the hard work done by the workers in the country, the PTI chairman took a strong stand against privatisation, saying he would work on improving the status of workers in ‘Naya Pakistan’.
“I want to give message to labourers that we will elevate their status not because we need votes but because of humanity,” he said.
“I want to promise we will bring good management in public sector companies, and will not privatise them… we will not let the plundering of the public sector companies take place.”