Imran Khan announces PTI rally in Islamabad next week for PM’s resignation


Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Friday announced his party’s intention to hold a rally in Islamabad next Friday to”demand Nawaz Sharif’s resignation”.

Speaking to reporters outside the National Assembly Khan posed the question: “With which face will the PML-N confront the public after the comments made in the Supreme Court judgement?”

“I asked the PML-N supporters, what were you distributing sweets for yesterday? You should have read the full judgement yesterday,” he said.

“It has never happened in Pakistan’s history before, that such comments were passed against a sitting prime minister.”

“All five judges have raised questions asked by the PTI,” he said, adding that the apex court had rejected all defence presented by the PM’s counsel.

“Resign while you are being investigated,” he urged the premier. “This is not an unusual demand.”

Also read: Panamagate verdict: Supreme Court orders JIT probe of Sharif family

Imran asked if it was possible for heads of institutions like the National Accountability Bureau to investigate the prime minister while he is power.

“If these institutions had been working, they would have stopped corruption already,” he asserted.

The PTI chief avoided an earlier meeting of opposition parties today which was held to discuss the ramifications of the Panama case verdict.

‘Soft hand on Sharifs’

PPP lawmakers Aitzaz Ahsan and Khursheed Shah addressing a press conference following the meeting of opposition parties rejected the formation of a Joint Investigation Team to investigate the PM’s family, claiming that the Sharifs have links with the Inter-Services Intelligence, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, and the State Bank of Pakistan.

Ahsan said it was a custom of the SC to “keep a soft hand on the Sharifs”.

Leader of the Opposition in the NA Khursheed Shah said the dissenting judges had given “a clear-cut order”.

Shah maintained the three other judges had not disagreed with those dissenting, but added the condition of a JIT to probe the PM and his sons.

‘Go Nawaz, go’: lawmakers protest SC verdict

Opposition lawmakers in the Upper and Lower House on Friday protested the Panamagate verdict announced by the Supreme Court a day earlier, with chants of ‘Go Nawaz, go’ echoing in parliament.

National Assembly Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi struggled to maintain order in the house as PML-N’s Sheikh Aftab’s speech during question hour was disrupted by MNAs registering their protest before the speaker’s dias and staging a walkout.

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