By: Zaheer Abbasi & Wasim Iqbal
Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Sunday that his party would take to the streets if the government did not prepare terms of reference (ToRs) of the Chief Justice-led commission to investigate the Panama leaks in consultation with Opposition.
Addressing the 20th founding day of PTI, Imran stated that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has to quit as he has lost moral justification to remain in power after the disclosure of offshore accounts of his family. He said, “the Pakistani nation will make Prime Minister accountable” adding, we would not accept Nawaz Sharif’s commission and his ToRs.
He said that accountability would not take much time as all the evidence are there and announced that he would launch a campaign against corruption in Sindh from tomorrow (Tuesday) and hold a public gathering at Lahore on the next Sunday. Imran said absence of accountability and presence of corruption pose a threat to the survival of the country.
“We want an international forensic team under a commission headed by chief Justice to investigate the offshore accounts,” he said. He added that Prime Minister has not appeared before the parliament to give an explanation and he did not the nation the truth during his two addresses.
The PTI chief said that Pakistani leaders are corrupt who have been undertaking mega projects like metro and Orange train to receive commission to remit it aboard through money laundering.
He stated that the Prime Minister instead of giving an explanation on offshore accounts levelled allegations against Shaukat Khanam Cancer Hospital without any investigation with a view to harming its reputation.
He said the Prime Minister has not established a single hospital in the country despite being in power from last 30 years. “He [the PM] visits the London hospitals even for a minor ailment,” he said. Imran challenged the government to carry out a detailed investigation into the Shaukat Khanaum Hospital because this would further improve the reputation of the hospital.
Criticising the mega projects, Imran stated that as many as 25 million Pakistani children are out of school and 35 per cent children are facing malnutrition but the government is taking loan for these projects. He said that country’s leaders themselves do not pay taxes but are forcing people to pay taxes. “Farmers are groaning under high input costs because of heavy taxation,” he added.
Expressing his sorrow and grief on the killing of his party’s minority member of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Soran Singh, he urged the nation raise voice against injustice and cruelty. Earlier, Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed also met the PTI chairman.
Source: Business Recorder