Opposition wants Sharif to resign

  • Opposition wants Sharif to resign

Opposition wants Sharif to resign

On Thursday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif got a temporary reprieve after the Supreme Court in its highly-anticipated verdict in the Panamagate scandal said there was "insufficient evidence" to remove him from office but ordered a fresh probe into the graft allegations against him and his family.

Opposition parties, led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, had filed the petition against Nawaz Sharif a year ago after his children's names appeared in the leaked Panama Papers, which documented the offshore dealings of numerous world's rich and powerful. "The PM should immediately resign at least for the 60 days until JIT completes its work", Khan told reporters, referring to the joint investigation team. Representatives from the Federal Investigative Agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, the central bank, and other bodies will be involved and will be tasked with submitting fortnightly reports to the Supreme Court.

Calls for an investigation began when three of Sharif's children, his sons Hussain and Hasan and his daughter Maryam, were named in the massive Panama Papers document leak in April 2016.

It is the first time a sitting prime minister has ever faced an investigation panel probing into his financial affairs, according to Dawn newspaper.

The JIT will present its report before the bench after every two weeks.

"The railways police arrested five young athletes for chanting "Go Nawaz Go" during the speech of Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique at the railways headquarters in Lahore", an official told PTI.

On the occasion, former chief minister of Punjab, Pervez Elahi said that supporters of the government celebrated and distributed candies without having read and understood the verdict of the top court. Sharif is seen as pro-business.

"As the Supreme Court has rejected Nawaz Sharif's stance, he has lost his standing to continue to function as the prime minister of the country", he added. The documents claimed that Sharif and three of his four children "were owners or had the right to authorise transactions for several [offshore] companies".

The petitions question legitimacy of funds used by the Sharif family to purchase many high-end London properties through offshore companies.

Drawing a comparison between an investigation launched against gangster Uzair Baloch and the premier, Imran said, 'If Nawaz is cleared after JIT's investigation, he can return to the seat'.