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PM should present himself, family for accountability, says Imran

LAHORE – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should present himself and his family for accountability before anyone else.

While addressing a rally in Lahore on Sunday, he said “Your accountability will be first, Nawaz Sharif. After that hold me and all of PTI accountable”. Imran said the PTI would give time to the prime minister until the parties finalise the Terms of References (ToRs) for Panama leaks inquiry, after which he might decide to march towards Raiwind.

“According to Nawaz, he would resign if proven guilty but ‘he wouldn’t go home but to jail’,” he said. Talking about the party’s strategy, Imran said that all opposition parties will meet on Monday to prepare and finalise the ToRs. He reiterated his demand of PM’s resignation, saying “did not have any moral reason to keep ruling the country after Panama Papers accusation”.

Earlier on Saturday, Imran had announced to move the National Accountability Bureau against the prime minister’s media cell for advertising against his party with public money. Talking to media, the PTI chief had alleged the cell was being controlled by prime minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and its only purpose was to hide corruption of the Sharif family in the wake of Panama leaks.

Among those named in Panama Papers are three of Sharif’s four children — Maryam, who has been tipped to be his political successor; Hasan and Hussain, with the records showing they owned London real estate through offshore companies administrated by the firm. Amid the controversy surrounding the offshore assets owned by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family, the government announced a broad-based, open-ended inquiry to determine wrongdoings of all Pakistanis owning such holdings. The government also requested the Supreme Court to form a panel of judges to investigate the Panama leaks.

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