ISLAMABAD: Amid mounting pressure on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the wake of JIT report accusing his family of ‘stashing offshore wealth illegally’, a petition was submitted to the Supreme Court of Pakistan, seeking disqualification of the premier forthwith, ARY News reported.
“Prime Minister is no more eligible to hold the office,” says a petition filed in the apex court. The petition was submitted by a citizen.
The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), constituted by the Supreme Court to probe money laundering allegations against the Sharif family, found that the prime minister and his children had accumulated wealth beyond their known sources of income.
The JIT’s report, submitted to the Supreme Court and spread over ten volumes, declared that both Hussain and Hassan Nawaz were used as proxies to build family assets.
In a plea, the petitioner argued that Mr. Sharif made the most of his power for personal gains and family business while his children’s assets were found beyond means of their known sources of income.
The plea also blames the PM for submitting forged documents in the court to hide his offshore wealth. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, captain Safdar, PM’s children, Election Commission of Pakistan, governor State Bank and chairman National Bank of Pakistan have been made respondents in the petition.
Opposition threaten legal fight against PM
Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Tuesday announced to move court against Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif for his alleged involvement in money laundering and corruption.
“We are going to file reference in court against Shehbaz Sharif next,” he said while addressing a press conference in Islamabad following a party meeting to discuss the Panama Leaks Joint Investigation Team (JIT) final report that has been submitted to the Supreme Court.
After getting successful probe result against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for having offshore properties with “shady money trail”, it seems Imran is after other senior Pakistan Muslim League-N leaders to get them disqualified.
Demanding immediate resignation of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Shehbaz for their involvement in money-laundering, he said he was making this demand in the light of the JIT report. He also sought resignation from Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq for filing reference against Imran which was according to the PTI chief should have been filed against the PM.