PESHAWAR, 12 July: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Tuesday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will never resign on the wishes of the opposition or the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).
In an interview with BBC, Sanaullah said the prime minister will honour the decision of the Supreme Court in Panama Papers case. Sanaullah said the JIT report is based on prejudice and hatred, adding that the PML-N will submit its objections on the report in the apex court on Monday. He said the ruling party is hopeful that the court will deliver justice in the case. He said the government should complete its mandated term to ensure smooth functioning of democracy.
On the other hand, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq to step down after the JIT report.
Talking to media persons in Islamabad on Tuesday, the PTI chief said the finance minister is front man of the prime minister. He said a money launderer should not be heading the Finance Ministry of Pakistan. He said he will file a reference against Shahbaz Sharif for money laundering of Rs800 million in Al-Taufiq case and allowing three family members to establish sugar mills.
Media reports said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and other opposition leaders have also asked Nawaz Sharif to resign. The lawyers associations and opposition parties have decided to give tough time to the prime minister on the matter.
The JIT report submitted in the Supreme Court on Monday said the Sharif family submitted bogus documents and made wrong statements. The court will resume hearing of the case on 17 July.