Former K-P governor Iftikhar Hussain joins hands with PTI

Published: May 21, 2016
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Express News screen-grab of PTI chairman Imran Khan addressing a news conference while former K-P governor Iftikhar Hussain sits next to him in Islamabad on May 21, 2016.

Express News screen-grab of PTI chairman Imran Khan addressing a news conference while former K-P governor Iftikhar Hussain sits next to him in Islamabad on May 21, 2016.

Former governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Iftikhar Hussain announced on Saturday to join Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) as the party intensified efforts to garner more support for its stance on Panama Papers revelations.

Hussain, former Lieutenant General of Pakistan Army, served as K-P governor from 2000-04 as well as Pakistan’s ambassador to Turkey.

The move comes a day after senior Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Raja Riaz joined PTI’s ranks during the party’s rally in Faisalabad.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, PTI chairman Imran Khan reiterated that it is imperative for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down until an investigation of the Panama leaks is carried out.

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“After the revelations, the premier is required to respond about his source of income and taxes paid, explain how the money moved abroad as well as make his sale deed public,” Imran said.

PTI aims to mobilise people against the high-profile corruption exposed by the Panama Papers, he said, adding, “A mutually agreed 12-member committee is already working on the terms of reference (ToRs).”

According to the PTI leader, there were also legal aspects to the scandal as, according to him, the Election Commission of Pakistan was not told the truth as far as declaration of assets is concerned.

Leaked documents from the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama last month showed PM Nawaz’s three children – sons: Hassan and Hussain, and his daughter, Maryam – owned at least three offshore holding companies registered in the British Virgin Islands.

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The prime minister has already written to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to form a judicial commission probing the leaks.

However, the opposition, mainly led by the PTI, has been forcing for mutually agreed ToRs to investigate the scandal.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • javed Ali
    May 21, 2016 - 7:59PM

    Gen Iftikhar had a very good reputation as governor. He did wonders fir peshawar during his tenure. A great addition for ptiRecommend

  • Khan
    May 21, 2016 - 9:08PM

    This man did alot for education in his time. He has indeed a good reputation in KPRecommend

  • Dr. Abdullah
    May 21, 2016 - 9:39PM

    Good addition, Iftikhar should be the CM of KPK instead of Khattak, he can deliver on promises.Recommend

  • Azzy
    May 21, 2016 - 10:51PM

    All the criminals of the past are joining the PTI. Birds of a feather are flocking together.
    No surprise there.Recommend

  • Nasir Ali
    May 22, 2016 - 6:10AM

    People are very uninformed. This man is a criminal. He comes from a humble background and today he is a billionaire. He did not do anything in Peshawar. Greater people did. PTI will lose badly.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 22, 2016 - 6:29AM

    Dark forces have lost complete trust in Anarchist Khan. They are sending their monitors in party to replace him.Recommend

  • Ahmad Khan
    May 23, 2016 - 8:18AM

    Gen Iftikhar is an enterprising person. PTI must endeavour to make him the Chief Minister without delay. He can make wondersto happen.Recommend

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