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Imarn demands PM resignation over Panama Leaks

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan in a live address to the nation from his Bani Gala residence here, demanded that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government form an inquiry commission led by the Chief Justice of Pakistan to probe the premier and his family following the startling revelations made in the Panama Papers leaks.
“The commission should also include white-collar-crime experts and an audit firm that follows the trail of money to determine where it leads,” Imran added.
The PTI chief said he would give the government time till April 24 – his party’s 20th foundation day – to take appropriate action, after which he will announce future course of action.
“We give you time till April 24 to form a commission on these lines. If the rest of the world is investigating, we will give them the opportunity to take action. I will come out with a future course of action on April 24.”
The PTI chief threatened a protest sit-in outside the Sharif’s family residence in Raiwind, if the government did not take steps to form the commission.
“This is the time to stand up. I promise my countrymen that I will not step back this time. The dharna had to be abandoned because of an incident [the Army Public School attack] but I promise my countrymen I will not back down this time. If need be we will go to Raiwind and stage sit-ins there.”
Presenting a charge sheet against the premier including accusations of “corruption, money laundering, tax evasion and perjury,” Imran Khan demanded that Nawaz Sharif should resign as prime minister of Pakistan.
“Given the seriousness of these allegations, Nawaz Sharif has lost the moral authority to rule.
“They [the government] are not talking about the serious allegations against them but have started attacking Shaukat Khanum hospital. Will our institutions silently observe all of this? Where is the FBR, the FIA, NAB?”
On Friday, in a letter sent by the PTI secretariat to PTV’s secretary of information, the PTI chairman had requested state-run Pakistan Television (PTV) to ‘make arrangements for his live address to the nation’ on Sunday night.
Imran justified his use of the same forum the government earlier used to spread “disinformation” regarding Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre. The letter justified Imran Khan’s right to use the station’s platform, saying the television network “runs solely on taxpayers’ money, which makes PTV a network of each and every Pakistani citizen.” Agencies