Imran, Zardari demand PM’s resignation

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Salahuddin Haider

Islamabad/Karachi

After judgment of the Supreme Court on Thursday Pakistan Tehreeke-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan asked for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down till the time investigation team ordered by the Supreme Court completes its probe.
“On behalf of the Pakistan people I tell Nawaz Sharif to resign immediately until JIT completes its probe,” Imran Khan said while talking to the media persons.
“If Sharif is cleared in 60 days after the joint investigation team’s report, he can continue to remain as the prime minister, but at the moment he has no ethical right to serve on this position,” said the chairman of the PTI, which has been a major stakeholder in the Panama Leaks case.
He said the decision to make the JIT meant that the explanation regarding the source of the money trail had been dismissed, adding that Sharif did not have any moral authority left to continue as prime minister of the country.
“How can he remain the PM, what authority does he have? There will be a criminal investigation against him and his family, Imran said.”
The PTI chairman said two judges who were likely to become chief justices in the future had ruled that Nawaz should be disqualified, a 3-2 split verdict announce by the apex court today.
Terming the apex court verdict “a historic judgment in Pakistan’s history”, he said that all five members of the bench rejected PM Sharif’s explanation of his source of income and money trail that led to his children’s offshore holdings.
“I demand Nawaz Sharif to resign today. Sharif should resign because he will not allow an impartial investigation,” he said.
Imran said that only two of the institutions whose members will be part of the JIT fall under the Chief of Army Staff, while the rest come under the prime minister. “Hence, he must resign immediately in order for an impartial investigation to be conducted,” said the PTI chairman.
Nawaz Sharif should hand in his resignation,” former president Asif Ali Zardari said while addressing a press conference. “I condemn the decision,” he asserted.
“Mian sahab you have failed. You cannot run the government. Give someone else a chance to run the government,” he said.
“A decision which the Supreme Court could not make, how will the Grade-19 officers under the PM decide the case?” he asked.
“They have no concerns except their own enjoyment,” the PPP co-chairman said of the PML-N.
“Why are they distributing sweets? Because two senior judges asked for your denotification? Is this why you are eating mithai?” he asked.
“Imran Khan, we told you to join us and form legislation and then take it to the court,” he said. “But he [Khan] does not listen. He has never been to jail, he does not know how judges work, how justice works.”
“We believe that if Pakistan is not safe in the hands of Nawaz Sharif, it is also not safe in the hands of Imran Khan,” the former president said.
“I am disappointed by Imran Khan leaving us and going to the SC alone. If Aitzaz Ahsan stood there and argued against them [the Sharif family], then the decision might have been different.” “We will see what other political forces decide, and the people’s decision will also guide us,” he added.
“I think it is evident now to the nation that Nawaz’s real face is not Sharif,” Zardari said.

PPP Senator Aitzaz Ahsan termed the dissenting notes “heavier than the decision of the other three judges.”
“The two judges have declared the PM is disqualified. The decision of these two judges is the Supreme Court’s decision,” Ahsan said.