Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb said that as per Thursday’s judgment, Nawaz Sharif was eligible to become and remain prime minister of the country. She said that during the Panama Papers case hearing, the Prime Minister created history by presenting three generations of his family, including his late father, for accountability.
Addressing a press conference here along with Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique and PML-N MNA Daniyal Aziz, she said the Supreme Court judges rejected all pleas of Imran Khan.
The Minister observed that though Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif enjoyed immunity under the Constitution but he did not take its benefit. He also did not shelter under technicalities including admissibility and maintainability as he knew that the Panama Papers case was based on baseless allegations.
She disclosed that at the website of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), it was written that no wrongdoing was committed by the offshore companies and thus no legal action could be taken against them.
Marriyum said the chairman of one political party, Imran Khan, had started doing negative politics on the issue, levelling baseless allegations and abusing political opponents, including the sitting Prime Minister and his family, and even ridiculed national institutions. On the contrary, she said the Prime Minister behaved like a statesman and showed exemplary restraint and political maturity.
She recalled that it was Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who himself had written a letter to the Supreme Court for forming an investigation commission if there was any doubt about the Panama Papers issue. She said that Imran had alleged that national wealth was looted, tax evasion and money laundering was committed and even
accused the Prime Minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz.
She said that some so-called anchor persons had prepared documentaries to prove Maryam Nawaz’s involvement in the Panama Papers case but with the grace of Allah Almighty all baseless allegations were rejected by the apex court.
She paid tribute to the PML-N workers and supporters for showing restraint for the last over one year on the directives of the prime minister against provocative attitude of the PTI leadership. She said yesterday it was claimed that the PML-N had advised its workers to come on the streets.
The Minister said that the opponents used all negative tactics and indulged in politics of chaos and anarchy. She said the PTI leadership staged a sit-in, attacked the Parliament House and PTV building, tried to lock down the federal capital, waited for umpire’s finger to achieve their nefarious design of toppling the government of an elected prime minister, who had been striving for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan. She said the prime minister always requested the Supreme Court to give its judgment over the electoral rigging charges and other baseless allegations against himself and his family. While on the other hand was a person, who had done nothing for the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in four years and locked the offices of accountability commission of the province. She said the Election Commission, in its verdict in the disqualification reference against Imran, maintained that he was filthy and uncivilized person, who was undermining constitutional institutions. She said now after completion of four years of its government in KP, the PTI had started feasibility study for a metro bus project in Peshawar and motorway in the province.
Marriyum said despite all hurdles created by Imran Khan, the PML-N government under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had revived the sick national economy, launched record number of energy projects and evolved consensus to fight terrorism and then the armed forces and security agencies broke the back of terrorists. On the other hand, she said Imran Khan did nothing except creating anarchy and chaos in the country by doing politics of agitation and confrontation.
But, the people had totally rejected his negative and disruptive politics by voting for the PML-N in AJK, Gilgit Baltistan and local government elections, she added. She said some television anchors were trying to find some points in the SC judgment on which dirty game of politics could be done. She said since the Prime Minister’s mandate was a trust from the masses, so he would not tender resignation on the demand of opposition parties. He would continue to serve the masses with same vigour and zeal, and fulfill the promises made before 2013 elections. She requested the media persons to have a positive approach and utilize their pen for the progress and development of the country.