ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan alleged on Friday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was hiding behind technical aspects of the Panama Papers case about offshore wealth.
Talking to reporters outside the Supreme Court soon after the hearing of the case, he said the prime minister was accountable for his deeds in a democratic government.
“The government side is trying to portray the issue of a letter of a Qatari prince as a technical one,” he said.
Mr Khan said it appeared that the prime minister was trying to escape from the case and had so far failed to provide the money trail of his apartments in London. “I think four witnesses are required to tell that they have witnessed money laundering of Nawaz Sharif,” the PTI leader said.
He said the government side had insisted that it was not a case of Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution that required all parliamentarians to be sagacious, honest and righteous.
“Although it is difficult to find an honest and righteous person, the prime minister of the country must have these qualities,” he said.
Information minister says PTI chief can’t win court case through politics of agitation
He said that when the PTI had announced its plan to hold a protest to paralyse life in Islamabad on Nov 2, the government insisted that the party should go to the Supreme Court instead of fighting its case on the roads. “Now when we have reached the Supreme Court the government is trying to run away from the case,” he said.
Replying to a question, he said there was no need to change the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) laws. “Bring NAB under my control I will show how I will mend its ways and lay hand on big dacoits involved in corruption.”
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb also held a press conference outside the Supreme Court and accused the PTI of “telling lies” before it.
She said Mr Khan had failed to provide any evidence to the court against the prime minister and his family. “Imran Khan cannot win the case in the court of law through politics of agitation,” she added.
Later, talking in a TV talk show, the minister said the PML-N wanted to go into the 2018 elections with a clean chit.
Asked why the lawyer of the prime minister did not submit evidence in support of the prime minister’s stance in the court on Friday, she said: “There are three other lawyers who are pursuing the case on behalf of the children of the prime minister and they will have to argue too in the coming hearings.”
PML-N Member of the National Assembly Daniyal Aziz, commenting on Mr Khan’s statement about NAB, said he the PTI chief lacked awareness about accountability laws.
He said 35 government departments dealt with accountability. “Imran Khan has to understand the laws of these organisations.”
courtesy : dawn news