Imran presses Nawaz to clarify position

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Defends sending KP Women Bill to CII

 

Tariq Saeed

Peshawar—Terming the Panama Papers leaks and involvement of ruling family in the money laundering and text evasion a very serious issue, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday said Nawaz and company has to answer to the nation about establishing offshore companies to evade taxes adding he will address the issue on the floor of the House on Thursday (today).
“It is a highly critical issue, Pakistan continues to be the lowest tax paying state and it is because of money laundering and investments in foreign markets by our political leadership,” Imran observed while talking to media in Peshawar where he announced to bring in police reforms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The PTI chief lambasted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s address to the nation on Tuesday wherein he discussed his family’s foreign investments and the claims of Panama Papers saying no one is going to accept the judicial commission headed by a retired judge to probe the claims of Panama Papers leaks.
Imran said Nawaz told his story like he was the most deprived one whereas his family has businesses and properties worth billions of dollars abroad.
Nawaz has mercilessly failed to satisfy the nation which has outright rejected his explanation over the Panama Papers leaks, hence they are left with no option but to answer the nation about this.
Announcing to bringing in police reforms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the PTI chairman said the provincial government was working on the progress and betterment of the police force and there will be no political interference in police work.
“In Punjab the police have been destroyed due to political interference,” he said adding we will bring a new Police Act in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Imran said we wants to make the KP police and department independent and the new reforms would ensure accountability in the police department and would stop high-ups from unlawful transfers of any police officials.
“We want to make police a strong institute that will be answerable to public.” He vowed while highlighting the need to give the police their due powers. He hoped the Police will emerge as a strong institute because it will be given powers.
The police, he said, has been working under the British Law and in 2002 efforts were made to change it but bureaucracy and other elements did not let it materialize. “However, we are going ahead with it now,” Khan said.
The PTI chairman said while there are differences, all stakeholders are gradually coming on the same page.
On the question of Ehtesab Commission, the PTI chief said that the Ehtesab Commission Act has been evaluated.
“We have reviewed it and we have addressed the reservations of the previous chairman of the Commission and the commission would work independently”, he added. The Ehtesab Commission would make policies while the DG (Director General) of the commission would implement it under the proposed Act. To a query regarding the Women Protection Bill and the opposition of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), Khan said the proposed bill was sent to CII because the provincial government didn’t want it to be declared un-Islamic though in the process the KP government’s move had drawn criticism from rights activists.
“If the bill is called un-Islamic then it will further aggravate the situation of women especially in rural areas,” he claimed.
“The bill has been prepared by our female leadership and we have not yet received any reply from CII.” Imran said adding we don’t want the bill to get controversial.

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