ABBOTABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who has been ousted by the country’s Supreme Court over corruption charges, says he will not give up and face all cases filed against him.
“A whole drama was staged in the name of Panama Papers and my entire family was dragged into courts…but we still accepted the accountability calls because “we are not guilty”, he told a public gathering in Abbottabad.
While rejecting the idea of “Minus-Nawaz” and calling his name an ideology, Sharif said he would bring ‘revolutionary change’ in the country.
He insisted that the joint investigation team formed to probe Panama Papers and his family’s alleged connection with it would soon be exposed before the public.
Mr. Sharif expressed resentment that he was ousted for “not taking salaries from a company owned by my son.” When all attempts were in vain, they disqualified me on this incomprehensible context, he argued.
“Have you heard any such verdict anywhere else in the world? This only happens in Pakistan. We need to change this trend.”
He told people: “I will come back to you again in 2018 general elections with an aim to change fate of Pakistan.”
Panama Papers leak had thrown Pakistan’s powerful Sharif family into an existential crisis, particularly after judicial investigators ‘discovered’ in a damning report that the ruling dynasty accumulated wealth beyond their known sources of income. What ensued next was barrage of clarion calls for accountability.
The clamours for action against the ruling family intensified after the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), set up by the Supreme Court to investigate corruption allegations that surfaced following the Panama Papers leak, after two months gave its finding to the court declaring that Sharif family accumulated wealth far above its earnings and they prepared falsified documents to mask the truth.
Sharif was ousted from his slot after the JIT found him guilty of corruption.