LAHORE: Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Barjees Tahir has said that the government’s legal team has till now found 43 mistakes in the Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report, adding that every charge in the report would be contested before the Supreme Court.
Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, the minister reiterated his party’s stance over the JIT report, rejecting its investigation and calling it vengeful.
“The JIT report is a conspiracy and a punishment for bringing Pakistan on the road to prosperity and out of darkness,” he said.
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In response to a question whether the PM would accept a Supreme Court decision going against him, he said that the PM had already surrendered his privileges and immunity to become part of the trial and to clear the charges of money-laundering.
“We will accept and respect the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Panamagte case,” he stated.
However, he also said that with the entire party and allied parties behind the PM, there was no question of his resignation.
The minister also rejected reports of rifts within the party, and said that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had expressed full confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a recent meeting of the cabinet.
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He further claimed that the interior minister told the Prime Minister that he was his leader and would continue to work under his leadership. “He is a diehard partyman and the PML-N also takes pride in him,” he added.
Barjees also rejected media reports regarding a forward block in the ruling party or withdrawal of support by allied parties. He said all PML-N members backed the PM and reposed trust in his leadership. He said all allied parties were also with the government, contrary to what was being said.
Special Assistant to Chief Minister Rana Muhammad Arshad also present at the press conference.
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