Entire nation backs COAS statement: Imran


Aitzaz urges PM to declare assets to end Panama row

Staff Reporters

Peshawar/Islamabad—Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that the entire nation backs the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif’s statement against corruption.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, PTI chief lambasted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, stating that the PM was brought up by a dictator and that he is unaware of democracy. He said Nawaz Sharif’s government is more tyrannical than that of Musharraf.
He stated that the PM needs to answer four questions, which are: from where did the money come from, how was it was taken outside the country, when did he purchased the property and whether tax was paid in regards to it or not.
He said that the statements being made by the PM’s children are diverging. He inquired from the PM as from did he get the money to purchase the Mayfair apartment. “If the people are not given answers to this, they will perceive that the property was purchased through corruption or money laundering”, Khan stated. He further said that this is no explanation that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is also corrupt thus no action needs to be taken against it.
The PTI Chairman said that according to the National Accountabilty Bureau (NAB), corruption worth Rs 11 billion is done on daily basis. He alleged that property worth Rs 700 billion was purchased in Dubai by the PM s family. He added that the PM scolded NAB Chairman a few days ago for being active these days.
Imran said 70% of the patients who are treated in Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH) are deserving people. He rejected allegations regarding SKMCH.
Meanwhile, Aitzaz Ahsan, Opposition leader in the Senate, Tuesday urged the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to declare all of his assets to defuse the crisis sparked by Panama Papers, Samaa reported.
“If the prime minister declares his and his family’s assets, there will be no need to form an inquiry commission,” Aitzaz said while talking to media along with Opposition leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah and ANP leader Ghulam Ahmed Bilour.
“What’s the harm in declaring the assets, if they were acquired in a transparent manner,” he added.
He said that there is a need to take assistance of international forensic experts to investigate the revelations.
Responding to Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif’s statement regarding corruption, Aitzaz said had the prime minister not delayed the matter of constituting the inquiry commission, the army chief would not have given such statements. On the occasion, ANP leader Ghulam Ahmed Bilour demanded the government to form a chief justice-led commission for Panama Papers investigation.

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