Panama case: Defiant Nawaz Sharif says he won't quit

Kristen Gonzales
July 15, 2017

Nearly all opposition parties, including the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), have asked the prime minister to resign.

But it's documents allegedly from 2006 submitted to the probe by his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, which have become the centre of a growing scandal.

Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khursheed Shah said Nawaz Sharif had lost moral authority to stay in his position, urging him to nominate another candidate for the office so that the government could complete its five-year term.

The report by the investigative team goes on to claim the Sharif family had accrued substantial wealth far exceeding their earnings, leading to a call by Opposition leader Imran Khan for Mr Sharif to step down.

While briefing the cabinet, Sharif said all the allegations made by the JIT in its report were in reference to his family's business dealings.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz has submitted fake documents and misled the Supreme Court, the joint investigation team which probed the Panamagate graft case against her family has alleged.

It was not immediately clear what action the Supreme Court would take over the report, whose recommendations are not legally binding. But Sharif's allies dismissed the inquiry report as "trash".

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Despite the pressure, the PM chaired a parliamentary party meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Friday, and reiterated his decision not to resign.

ARY News has reported via its sources close to Prime Minister that the narrative of resignation within the party is now gaining strength. "When the same question is posed to Nawaz Sharif, he says Hassan and Hussain can answer", he said, adding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's work visa was a cause of shame for the entire nation.

Documents claiming that Mariam Nawaz Sharif was only a trustee of the companies that bought the London flats, are dated February 2006, and appear to be typed in Microsoft Calibri.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said our bone of contention is not with any party, but anyone against whom evidence is found should be sent home.

He had served as the prime minister from 1990 to 1993 and from 1997 to 1999.

The disparity is obvious because the declared assets of the Sharif family pale in the face of what their true worth is, as per the revelations of the Panama Papers investigations.

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