Will quit politics if corruption evidence presented: Shahbaz Sharif

Published: May 2, 2012
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Countering Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s diatribe, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Wednesday that he will leave politics for good if any evidence of corruption is given against his family.

Hinting at the interior minister, Sharif said that if the “IG of liars” gives any evidence which proves the involvement of him or the Sharif family in corruption cases, then he will not only “tender resignation from the responsibility of chief minister Punjab” but also leave politics.

Malik had claimed that the government was set to file a reference to the National Accountability Bureau against the Sharif family in various corruption cases, and had claimed that he had evidence that the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz leaders had siphoned off public funds worth $32 million.

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  • Shakib
    May 2, 2012 - 1:03PM

    It would be a good day for Pakistan.

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  • May 2, 2012 - 1:05PM

    Mubasher Lucman has already exposed your corruption in his y’day show regarding Laptop Scheme case. Prove yourself clear if you’re not guilty..!

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  • Danish
    May 2, 2012 - 1:32PM

    seems like he doesn’t read the newspapers or watches TV ….. evidence is being presented everyday about all departments of the punjab govt.. what an ill-informed CM!!!! He should resign on being so ignorant!!!

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  • Asifa Khan
    May 2, 2012 - 1:37PM

    We salute Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif. Rehman Malik should not blame in the absence of evidence. We wish PML(N) to rule the country again. Rehman Malik is a liar. Shame for Malik.

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  • Iram
    May 2, 2012 - 1:37PM

    It means you are a smart thieve.

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  • Omer
    May 2, 2012 - 1:40PM

    Only Shariff’s can lie with such confidence!

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  • Azmat Ali
    May 2, 2012 - 1:40PM

    True servant of people …. !!

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  • Shamy
    May 2, 2012 - 1:41PM

    please cut the crap ! we know you wont !

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  • Hakeem
    May 2, 2012 - 1:52PM

    A good challenge for Dr. Rehman Malik!

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  • Ahsan
    May 2, 2012 - 1:53PM

    Luqman provided so many proofs, hard evidences, wat r u gonna do now?

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  • Much Amused
    May 2, 2012 - 1:58PM

    If proof of corruption is presented and courts accept it, then Mr Shariff you dont have to resign or retire from politics as you will go to jail which will do both the things you promise.

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  • Bhatti
    May 2, 2012 - 2:02PM

    Then first sue Raymond Barker for his book “Capitalism Achilles Heels” where he has dedicated good 12 pages to your corruption scams. Do it if you’re right, he isn’t your enemy at least, why would he write against you then. Recommend

  • Junaid Atique
    May 2, 2012 - 2:06PM

    What about the worst policies you have made?

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  • Owais
    May 2, 2012 - 2:32PM

    “i will quit politics” is a cheap slogan. Only lip service!

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  • Fauzan Naeem
    May 2, 2012 - 2:34PM

    LOL
    Leave politics?
    If proved, you should be kicked out of politics, charged and jailed at the very least.Recommend

  • May 2, 2012 - 2:56PM

    You mean, Mr. CM that what you are doing right now is Politics??
    Oh no, gimme a break !!!!!!!!!!

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  • zulfaqarali
    May 2, 2012 - 3:01PM

    He is so sure that his corruption cannot be traced, thats why he is saying this, but tell him how can he cheat the Allah subhan o taala at the day of judgment, we witnessed them since they were having on ittefaq foundary and not the empire and how they were importing the Bonded cargo without inspection,why they returned the ship Jonathan after staying months on the beach and spending millions on the full page advertising about the ZULM the ppp was doing to not letting the ship enter in Pakistan, this is one minor example, say how Qazi family was appalled at first when the money they found in their bank account, but later solved through Mr daar now the relative, they are blessed people, rest is poor AWAAMmmmm.God help Pakistan.

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  • Ahmad
    May 2, 2012 - 3:02PM

    PTI followers, You can give this proven corrupt Gvot., convicted PM one more chance till their appeal heared by SC BUT on the other hand, without any substantial proof or going into the courts…let alone conviction, your propoganda machines spreading verdict against PMLN????

    Now tell me who is running Samjhota Express with this corrupt PPP Government, Down with PTI.Recommend

  • Zee
    May 2, 2012 - 3:14PM

    Just like gillani said he would leave if convicted!!Recommend

  • Zaleem Singh
    May 2, 2012 - 3:22PM

    Shahbaz is a good politician and Pakistan needs these kind of politician but Kayani should resign from his post ASAP. He is a dangerous man for the Pakistan.

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  • sick of politicians
    May 2, 2012 - 3:37PM

    @Asifa Khan:
    Oh please ! Nation had enough of PPP and PML N .Not the two brothers again !

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  • Tilsim
    May 2, 2012 - 3:39PM

    When was there a conviction for corruption in court of a senior political leader in Pakistan? This is not much of a threat.

    However Rehman Malik should either put up or be quiet. It is a very serious accusation and if he has a case then please start proceedings. Otherwise, his statement has no merit

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  • Realistic
    May 2, 2012 - 3:40PM

    The real face is exposed, on due time.

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  • Umair
    May 2, 2012 - 3:53PM

    @Hammad:
    Transparency Int has already written letter to Punjab govt accepting they dont see any corruption in laptop scheme. plus, read the agreement punjab govt had with dell or atleast letter that Transparency int wrote……………….Plus, The COST of laptops is Inclusive of: total price in inclusive of a backpack, air shipping, pre-shipment inspection, extended warranty for a period of 15 months, storage and inland transportation charges and delivery to educational institutions throughout Punjab.

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  • May 2, 2012 - 4:23PM

    The Blame game is on, dont try to tell us who is corrupted if you are that loyal then prove it int court and present yourself for the accountability as well.

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  • Adnan Khawaja
    May 2, 2012 - 4:39PM

    All the blames made by Rehman Malik are baseless. Nwaz and Shehbaz are the best politicians. Inshal Allah they will succeed. My prayers are with Nawaz and Shehbaz.

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  • Uza Syed
    May 2, 2012 - 4:52PM

    Hassan Nisar, Shoukat Basra Discuusing about laptop Scandal in Khari Baat Luqman ke Saath – 1st May 2012

    http://www.zemtv.com/2012/05/01/khari-baat-laptop-scandal-luqman-ke-saath-1st-may-2012/

    Shahbaz Sharif and his family might wish to spend a few minutes and check out the above and announce what he publically promised here—-then, go and get himself what he deserves.

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  • Uza Syed
    May 2, 2012 - 4:56PM

    @Asifa Khan:

    Please, check out May 1, show of Mubashir Luqman that provideds substantial evidence of these thugs and after watching it—you can decide to “Salute” him / themRecommend

  • SA
    May 2, 2012 - 4:59PM

    Mr.Umair,
    good reply , they are doing critisim without any logic

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  • Tariq
    May 2, 2012 - 5:03PM

    Where was Mr. Rehman for last 4 years? Why did not he bring these corruption charges before? Why now? For God Sake we need to get rid of unelected people like Rehman Malik. My dear fellow country men please wake up, vote next time to people who are sincere to Pakistan.

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  • Meekal Ahmed
    May 2, 2012 - 5:19PM

    These guys are too smart to leave a paper-trail of their misdeeds. The AZ/BB case only came to light because their “agent” spilled the beans. I can only guess that he did that in a fit of anger at not being paid his dues or not being paid enough. If that had not happened, we would have never known. These white-collar criminals are excelllent at hiding their stuff and they have great lawyers..

    Only recently, after a great deal of effort the US IRS got the names of thousands of US citizens who kept accounts overseas, specifically at UBS in Switzerland. Those names have now been handed over to the IRS and the fun will now start. UBS was also fined over $500 million for keeping these accounts secret.

    The much-vaunted Swiss secrecy, a pillar of their banking system, is crumbling. The Swiss now say that if anyone can prove money laundering or criminality, they will cooperate.

    Incidentally, the Indian’s have the largest balances held abroad — about $1.3 trillion and even that is likely to be an under-estimate. .

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  • Talha
    May 2, 2012 - 5:28PM

    Sir sharif, we want u to watch it please…..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bYM497u5uM&feature=related

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  • Kashif Hussain
    May 2, 2012 - 5:30PM

    Transparency International has already reported that there is no corruption in laptops. Mubashir Luqman has always targeted PML(N). He always opposed PML(N). It is very bad thing which is being done in electronic media. I believe that in the present scenario, PML(N) is the last hope for Pakistan. Corruption of even a single penny is never proved against PML(N) leadership. They even cannot come back to Pakistan to share happiness and sufferings with the people of Pakistan. i believe that all the propaganda done against PML(N) leadership will fail. ALMIGHTY ALLAH bless NAWAZ SHARIF and SHEHBAZ SHARIF.Recommend

  • Ilyad
    May 2, 2012 - 5:58PM

    Isn’t that obvious that you will have no other choice – duh!

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    May 2, 2012 - 6:20PM

    Now there is no need for Mr. Rehman Malik to produce any evidence. Fresh evidence is now with Mr. Luqman of Dunya News Channel. Apart from Laptops he also showed and talked about Danish School and some other schemes in which your close and dear ones are involved. Sir, you are already in your seat as CM on a STAY Order. Better step down because you brothers can not stay in jail even for 30 seconds.

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    May 2, 2012 - 6:27PM

    @Uza Syed: I also saw this program at 8 pm and this was repeated again after midnight at 1. Very disturbing but it was with documentary evidence and thick book which was with Mr. Hassan Nisar said it all..Recommend

  • May 2, 2012 - 7:16PM

    Have some shame and stop lying, u cant fool the nation anymore

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  • Asim Khan
    May 2, 2012 - 7:35PM

    Whom you are making fool this time? We don’t need proofs because it is evident from the wealth you have amass during your rule.Recommend

  • Haseeb
    May 2, 2012 - 7:54PM

    If Mubashir lucmaan and Rehman malik have evidences against them then why they don’t go to court to prove their corruption. I advise to Mr. mubashir lucmaan that please come out from decorated well furnished studio and prove the evidences not only create hyprocricy against anyone.. we would be grateful of you for kind consideration. it could be ‘EHSAAN’ upon us that you expose all of the politicians. and look around other politicians also not only shareef brothers but all PPP, ANP, MQM. .. No difference.!Recommend

  • sick of this nonsense
    May 2, 2012 - 10:02PM

    the day he quits ill dance like a crazy chicken.. both never happening.

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  • Hasan Awan
    May 2, 2012 - 10:16PM

    @Hammad: I am an IT professional myself and this program of Mubasshir is one of the most shameful programs ofYellow Journalism of recent times.
    1) He said that Corei3 is 400 times higher in Performance against Dual Core and which is a shock for almost every IT professional in the world.

    2) Then he said that that Dual Core technology is 15 years old. Meri Jaan us waqt to Pentium 4 bhi nahin tha to dual core kahan sai Aa gaya????

    3) The he said that Since Dell is made in China so it is worst brand. I think Dell should sue him as Dell Vostro and Inspiron series are considered one of the best in the world and even In America and Europe made in China Dell laptops are available. Iphones are made in China too. So do he even know about Iphones?

    4) The he said about Girls percentage which was clearly shown to more than 63.5 percent and she was well above 60 percent of Gov criteria.

    So they are some of the example of that program. If you will show that Program to an IT professional then he will laugh and that program is a shame for whole Media business in General that how things can be manipulated in Pakistani media business.Recommend

  • Imran
    May 2, 2012 - 11:23PM

    @Hasan Awan:
    “Dell Vostro and Inspiron series are considered one of the best in the world”

    you consider them to be the best. May be you got your IT degree from Danish School or Nawaz Sharif University. The Vostro and Inspiron series are low end models from Dell, and not even close to their own top brands.Recommend

  • Kaleem
    May 2, 2012 - 11:39PM

    @Hasan awan, I am an IT professional and I completely agree with you. Core I family is better than dual core, but anchor exaggerated and twisted facts.

    Also, why not someone take these facts and go to court against SS? As matter of fact, SS is widely recognized in Punjab for his relief work in flood operations, work against dengue and in improving education and roads. I don’t know why we don’t appreciate good things in our political inclinations. I am an IK fan but I respect SS for his dedication.

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  • HRK
    May 2, 2012 - 11:52PM

    @Hasan Awan: I totally agree with the technical points you made. I am a big fan of Lucman and by far am not a supporter of PML-N but I’d still say that the first ten minutes regarding technical details were extremely hard to digest and I was disgusted by that type of reporting. It would’ve been helpful had they consulted an IT professional to confirm their findings. While i3 is better than dual core, it’s nowhere near 400 times better. Also, 15 years ago I got my first PC that was a 386 so that 15 years old technology claim was just outright example of sheer stupidity. Even funnier was the fact that Windows on those laptops are not genuine and Punjab Gov’t could get in hot water for that matter. Well guess what, they’re Linux powered laptops running Ubuntu and I know that for a fact because someone in my family was awarded one =)

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  • HRK
    May 2, 2012 - 11:53PM

    @Kaleem: Exactly my feelings; couldn’t have said it better!

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  • Hasan Awan
    May 2, 2012 - 11:55PM

    @Imran: I am more qualified than most of the Pakistanis and i dont need to give any explanations. I dont have any Political Affiliations but i saw that program with Eyes and ears wide open without Bias. Do you know that even the low end Series of Vostro and Inspiron can outclass Acer, Toshiba, Lenovo and any other brand of their peers pretty easily. Everybody have different reviews for products but for me Dell is one of the best and many will agree with me.

    The users of Dell laptops will agree with me that what is meant by a Dell laptop. Also please stop this politics of poking fun and name calling types of Politics. Talk with Logic and arguments and if you have any information without mud slinging then it will be more than welcomed.

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  • Kaleem
    May 3, 2012 - 12:01AM

    @HRK. So the first things kids could have learned is how to use Ubuntu :) and I am sure first thing they’d have done is formatting all drives with their windows DVD :)

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  • Hasan Awan
    May 3, 2012 - 12:05AM

    @HRK: Yes i missed the point about Ubuntu Platform. Ubuntu and Fedora are widely used platforms and they are free and open source and there is no problem of piracy in this case at all but since Pakistani people dont know that so our Anchor exploit this info as well.

    I request everyone who have sometime to learn about Open Source Operating systems as it is a good information for Pakistani Students and IT professionals as well.

    http://www.ubuntu.com/
    http://fedoraproject.org/
    http://www.debian.org/
    https://www.linux.com/

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  • HRK
    May 3, 2012 - 12:06AM

    @Hasan Awan: The sheer fact that most (both govt and private) schools, universities, agencies and companies in US pick Dell over any other brands proves your point. Moreover, I think Dell was a good choice since it’s in line with industry norms and standards whereas had he picked Acer, people would’ve called this move a cheap ripoff.

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  • Imran
    May 3, 2012 - 12:10AM

    @Hasan Awan:
    The question is not Dell versus other brands. Dell itself does not regard these cheap models as top amongst their own line. And come on please! 2GB RAM, 250GB hard disk Core Duo, does not look like a decent laptop.

    Besides, you totally missed Luqman’s point. It is the price gouging done by the business associate of Hamza Shahbaz, that is sickening to its core. And where is the external audit. And Hassan Nisar nailed it totally.

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  • Imran
    May 3, 2012 - 12:12AM

    @Hasan Awan:
    “I am more qualified than most of the Pakistanis”

    With a literacy rate of 33% (including the janat nazeer Punjab), anyone can claim to be more qualified than most Pakistanis.

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  • Imran
    May 3, 2012 - 12:17AM

    Between the King of Liars, and the IG of Liars, seems like we have a clear winner.

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  • Singh
    May 3, 2012 - 1:10AM

    @Hasan Awan:
    I totally agree with you. As 15 year ago I was busy designing Power supply for IMac. From last year I start watching Mr. Lucman show on internet. I think he is like FOX channel for PTI. He don’t feel shame for lying or exaggerating thing in favor or IK or deadly against Sharif brothers. If you watch his last year show he was asking different personality “Will Pakistan exist in 2012” like four or five days in row.
    Most of time he is trying to install fear in the mind of his audience.
    Cut & run questioning of guest is good for rating or yellow journalism than debating unbiased opinion for healthy information.
    In other word if Rehman Malik or Mr. Lucman has any evidence than they should approach the court or should be held accountable for abetting corruption.
    Court should also summon them for the same reason. Waving paper on TV screen is not enough. You guys should watch Indian channel how they go after corruption. They don’t let it go until accused end up in jail

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  • Pakistani First
    May 3, 2012 - 1:15AM

    @Hasan Awan:
    What a pathetic comment, ” even the low end Series of Vostro and Inspiron can outclass Acer, Toshiba, Lenovo and any other brand of their peers pretty easily”. Sir I have a Lenovo Ideapad Y560p and it was the cheapest and best laptop in its class, easily outplaying Dell, HP etc. Please don’t be an internet bully if you have zero technical knowledge.

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  • Insomniac
    May 3, 2012 - 2:30AM

    This guy is not man of his words, the only way to put him out of office is through vote.

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  • hussain ifzal
    May 3, 2012 - 3:25AM

    Shabaz Sharif is a totally corrupt man he not only accepts bribes but is also in the habit of bribing other people.he is an expert in buying politicians also.In the famous by election of N.A.99 in 1990 I was an officer of the Lahore district administration.If there is a judicial enquiry I can name the politicians and the exact amounts for which they were bought to withdraw from the elections in favour of P.M.L.N.cadidate Ch.Zulfiqar.Ican also name the D.C. Lahore who was the go between.He would never resign even if he is sent to jail for corruption.

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  • Super-Fool KaalCopterTanoli
    May 3, 2012 - 3:43AM

    Where’s ISI’s team of setup artists when you need them?
    Oh. Right. Giving massages and sweet talk to DPC and the like.

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  • Shane Hashmi
    May 3, 2012 - 3:48AM

    @Imran:
    I agree with Mr Hasan Awan as regards specs and credibility of Dell. I work for a Canadian IT firm and we have been using Dell Latitudes ever since since we switched from Toshiba Satellites back in 2004.

    However, the specs for the laptops distributed are regrettable. 4GB RAM + 500 GB HD should have been the minimum specs even for students. Very soon those students will have to upgrade RAM at their own expense owing to slowness.

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  • Super-Fool KaalCopterTanoli
    May 3, 2012 - 4:15AM

    Why are people quoting computer spec superiority for brands that for the most part only throw their brand name on it plus additions of extremely annoying, unnecessary software clutter that is best to just format and reinstall the the operating system right after the purchase? They even use hardware manufactured by people other than themselves for the most part as well. The only thing their name touches on the hardware is usually a single dumb drivers disc with a bloated install for that 3rd party hardware that could also be done away with.

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  • Zaleem Singh
    May 3, 2012 - 10:04AM

    i think indians are very good in technolgies

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  • geeko
    May 3, 2012 - 1:39PM

    lol, at the last few seconds the way he rolls his eyes says a lot, the Sharifs are naturally actors but Shahbaz Jalib takes it to a whole new level in that regard.

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  • Osama Sharif
    Jun 4, 2012 - 10:34PM

    The biggest thug and criminal of my city is the city president of Pml (N) So what kind of sympathy v can have for PML(N).The president of a political party may pretend to be a nice guy but these r the thugs and criminals who will make him the victorious. At the end of the day, Politicians and the clerks are the two notorious characters of our society which are just incurable. So, a common Pakistani will remain just as common until he takes everything at its own. Besides Punjab must be subdivided into four new provinces even rest of the provinces too! Otherwise its hard to be the part of Pakistan. That’s what I believe!Recommend

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