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Respond to Panama leaks or face music, Imran tells Nawaz Islamabad 14-Aug-16 17

by August 13, 2016 General

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has warned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to “make a move” before the PTI’s ‘anti-corruption rally’ reaches Lahore in the next phase of protest.

Urging the prime minister to respond to allegations levelled in the Panama leaks, the PTI’s chairman said that the prime minister would not have time to head for Jeddah once the rally reached Lahore. Imran said that his party was seeking response from the prime minister since the past five months.

Criticising state institutions including the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), he said that the institutions have failed to deliver. Lambasting the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the PTI chief said, “Instead of responding to questions raised by opposition parties regarding the Panama leaks, the government has started blackmailing the PTI.” He was referring to the PML-N allegations regarding misappropriation of charity funds by the party. “It is not government’s job to level allegations but to put the alleged in jails,” he maintained.

Appreciating the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) for supporting the PTI’s demand seeking rulers’ accountability, he said that the prime minister was answerable to nation according to constitution. He said that the objective of this rally was to make the country corruption-free. “We will continue to hold peaceful protests if institutions fail to deliver justice,” he added.

Earlier, while addressing the newsmen at Bani Gala before taking part in the rally, Imran said that the party’s protest had entered into a decisive phase and added that the PTI would not back out of its accountability demand this time. He said that “attempts to bribe the opposition were also being made”.

The PTI’s anti-corruption rally (Ehtisab movement) was started on August 7 calling for the accountability of the ruling Sharif family. The rally came a day after the Pakistan Awami Tehreek launched (PA) ‘Qisas movement’ on August 6 by staging rallies in several cities of Punjab. The rally shall pass from different points in Rawalpindi and will finish once it reaches Islamabad.

Names of 259 Pakistanis with links to offshore companies were surfaced in one of the world’s biggest ever data leaks through an online searchable website made public by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The database contains ownership information about companies created in 10 offshore jurisdictions including the British Virgin Islands, the Cook Islands and Singapore. It covers nearly 30 years until 2010.