Panamagate hearing: PTI set to submit ‘damning evidence’

Published: November 27, 2016
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will submit “more incriminating evidence” against the ruling Sharif family to substantiate its case in the Supreme Court, Imran Khan insisted on Saturday.

“We will provide more documentary evidence in the Supreme Court to prove our stance against the Sharif family in Panamagate (scandal),” the PTI chairman told a delegation of Press Association of Supreme Court at his Bani Gala residence.

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Insiders in the party told The Express Tribune the ‘new evidence’ had been brought from London.

Imran said he wanted to plead the case in the top court himself, but some of his associates believed that it would be better to engage professional lawyers.

A section of the party still believes the PTI chief should argue the case himself, using his political stature, according to a PTI leader.

Imran said his party had brought the matter before the apex court and the court should seek the relevant information from the departments concerned. “It is not the PTI which is on trial, but the whole justice system,” he remarked.

The PTI chief claimed his party had already won on the political front, as everyone was questioning the authenticity of the money trail provided by the PML-N, including the letter of the Qatari prince.

He said that if his party lost the legal battle, he would launch a public mobilisation campaign and prepare for the next general elections.

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The PTI leader also referred to a TV talk-show, in which the PM’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz, had claimed in 2012 that her family owned no properties abroad. “We are fighting against the incumbent government … all institutions are busy protecting the prime minister and his family instead of doing their jobs,” he said.

“We have already declared our assets, but (even then) the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and the National Accountability Bureau are attacking me and Jehangir Tareen,” he said. “The government is destroying these institutions.”

Referring to a petition filed by PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi against him and Jehangir Tareen, Imran said the government was trying to blackmail opposition parties. “No FIR had been lodged against any political opponent in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa but the Punjab government has registered a couple of cases against me,” he added.

The PTI chairman said the FBR would lose its credibility if it confined itself to clearing the names of Nawaz Sharif and his family in Panama Leaks. He added the world over it was a settled principle that opposition parties staged protests if government institutions failed to perform adequately.

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According to Imran, it was not the PTI’s job to produce incriminating evidence against the ruling family. “The Sharifs should prove their innocence,” he said.

The PTI leader defended arguments presented by his party’s previous counsel, Hamid Khan, saying the Qatari prince’s letter had come as a big surprise to the nation. He added corruption was the main challenge confronting the country, and it needed to be tackled by instituting merit.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Malik Saab
    Nov 27, 2016 - 9:57AM

    Imran Khan is a sore loser. Ordinary voters do not care of Panama gate. They are keenly watching the KP government performance and their vote in Punjab will be based on that. Sadly Imran is a sheer disappointment on all fronts. His KP chapter is playing the ethnic card and on the federal level he is only interested in targeting Nawaz Sharif. Recommend

  • Asad
    Nov 27, 2016 - 11:46AM

    No evidence is Imran’s evidence.. Seriously this guy has lost all respect! Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Nov 27, 2016 - 12:23PM

    Yes, we get it the Sharifs are crooks and so are we Pakistanis, its criminals leading criminals. Thanks for trying IK but we don’t need you.Recommend

  • saleem
    Nov 27, 2016 - 1:15PM

    @Malik Saab “Ordinary voters do not care of Panama gate.” . You can say this about PMLN punters who are in blind love for their leader. Other ‘ordinary voters’ do care about Panama gate. They are worried about the ill gotten money of the elite as it is at expense of loans that these ‘ordinary voters’ would be repaying for generations to come.Recommend

  • Shabaz
    Nov 27, 2016 - 2:32PM

    @Mohammed: Why do think so less of Pakistan?Recommend

  • Saleem
    Nov 28, 2016 - 8:54AM

    There is sufficient evidence in the contradictory statements of the Ruling Family.Recommend

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