Opposition’s hue and cry has no justification after my letter to CJ: PM

ONBOARD PM’s AIRCRAFT: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday said there was no justification for the Opposition to raise hue and cry after his letter to the Chief Justice to form a Commission and probe the Panama Paper issue.

“Few politicians are behaving like a Commission within themselves and are giving self-verdicts based on allegations and negativity,” the Prime Minister told media persons on his way back home from Tajikistan, where he attended the launching ceremony of CASA-1000 project.

The prime minister said he was earnestly awaiting the formation of judicial commission on Panama Leaks so that the nation could get a clear picture.

“It is my genuine desire that the Commission led by Chief Justice of Supreme Court should be formed at the earliest,” he said.

Sharif said his family was affiliated with business since 1937 and suffered immense financial loss of their East Pakistan-based factory following the Dhaka fall and another in Pakistan after their factory’s nationalisation by the then prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

“No body cares for our massive financial loss, but they keep on asking about our assets,” he said, and added that the Opposition’s criticism was not meant to bring any improvement in the country but was aimed only at targeting him personally.

He said the Opposition should rather follow a development- oriented agenda as negative politics had always proved detrimental for the country.

“Those having such nefarious designs should focus on protecting Pakistan’s interests,” he said, adding that the Opposition’s agenda was nothing more than sit-ins and protests.

On relations with Central Asia, Nawaz Sharif said these states had expressed great interest in enhancing connectivity with Pakistan and using Gwadar as seaport.

He said Central Asia and China had half of the population of the globe and offered vast potential for economic activity.

On CASA-1000 project, he said that Pakistan would start getting 1,000 MW electricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan via Afghanistan in 2018 to meet its huge energy demands in summers.

He said the transparency and pace of work on CASA-1000 project was remarkable and expressed confidence that Afghanistan would ensure safety of the power transmission line passing through its soil.

Sharif said that Pakistan wanted peaceful relations with its neighbours and believed that such development projects could prove helpful in removing any trust deficit between the concerned countries.

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