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Pakistan: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif asserted on Tuesday that uncivilised restrictions cannot be placed on anyone — Departed for London

April 18, 2018

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ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif asserted on Tuesday that uncivilised restrictions cannot be placed on anyone in the country.

“The world has changed and so should we. Old mistakes should not be repeated,” he said while talking to reporters inside the accountability court hearing corruption cases against him.

Referring to the Lahore High Court’s Monday verdict banning ‘anti-judiciary’ speeches, the former premier said the court should make clear what ‘anti-judiciary’ means.

“We cannot restrict someone from speaking,” he said, adding that he wanted everyone to go along together.

“Elected governments made historic decisions, including the atomic tests which were completely conducted by the civilian government,” claimed Nawaz.

The three-time prime minister said he does not regret moving on. “We moved on did but not compromise. The other side should have moved on too,” he asserted, terming unfortunate the dharnas (sit-ins) carried out in the country against his government.

He said the National Accountability Bureau is inquiring into the widening of Raiwind Road in 2013 [which leads to Nawaz’s residence], adding that, “in 1990 we started the motorway there should be a case on it too and one over the atomic tests”.

“I see widespread discord if the people’s aspirations are not adhered to,” he said further.

Referring to recent waves of defections within the party, the PML-N supremo said those who left us were never ours. Adding to that, Nawaz’s daughter Maryam said the PML-N has its dedicated vote bank which is not seasonal.

Talking about the government’s plan to merge the Federally Administered Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Nawaz said the tribespeople should get their rights.

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Nawaz Sharif leaves for London

Lahore: Pakistan’s deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, on Wednesday, left for London along with his daughter to see his ailing wife amid speculations that he might not return because of a likely conviction in three corruption cases against him.

As Sharif’s family spokesman did not reveal his return schedule, analysts in Lahore believe that it is likely that Sharif will skip his appearance before a combined investigation team of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Lahore on 21 April.

File image of Nawaz Sharif. AP

File image of Nawaz Sharif. AP

NAB has summoned Sharif for allegedly misusing his authority for illegal construction of a road leading to his Jati Umra, Raiwind residence. Sharif, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court, is due to appear in the accountability court on 23 April in a corruption case. But, it is likely that he may skip it.

“Begum Kulsoom Nawaz has been under treatment in a hospital in London as her condition is serious,” the family spokesperson said, adding that because of her serious condition Sharif and his daughter have to be with her.

Maryam also tweeted about her mother. “My mother is hospitalised again. Remember her in your special prayers. I know prayers can do wonders. Allah answers prayers,” Maryam tweeted.

Kulsoom, last year, had undergone a surgery for lymphoma (throat cancer). Her condition recently deteriorated and she was hospitalised.

Last week, Pakistan prime minister Shahid Khakan Abbasi had shown reluctance to place the names of Nawaz Sharif and his family on the Exit Control List (ECL).

The NAB had asked to include the names of Sharif’s children, Maryam, Hassan and Hussain,  his son-in-law retired on the ECL.

All of them are being tried in accountability courts over the Panama Leaks cases. Sharif’s two sons are already in London. They have been declared proclaimed offenders by the accountability court in the corruption cases against them.

Opposition parties especially the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has criticised the government for not placing the Sharif family on ECL.

“Nawaz Sharif and Maryam left the country at the time when a decision against them by the accountability court is about to come,” Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf senior leader Babar Awan said and claimed that Sharif would not return to the country.

“Nawaz Sharif has left the country on the pretext of his wife’s ailment,” he said.

https://www.firstpost.com/world/nawaz-sharif-leaves-for-london-to-visit-ailing-wife-opposition-speculates-he-might-be-trying-to-flee-pakistan-before-likely-conviction-in-graft-cases-4436497.html

Updated Date: Apr 18, 2018 14:48 PM

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Pakistan: Former PM Nawaz Sharif fears Adiala Jail already being readied for him

April 11, 2018
Updated April 11, 2018
Former PM Nawaz Sharif speaks to reporters alongside his daughter Maryam Nawaz outside the accountability court. — DawnNewsTV
Former PM Nawaz Sharif speaks to reporters alongside his daughter Maryam Nawaz outside the accountability court. — DawnNewsTV

Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday alleged once again that three members of the joint investigation team (JIT) formed to probe his family’s business dealings abroad were “are our worst political opponents”, and expressed fears that Adiala Jail was already being prepared for him.

Sharif, along with his daughter Maryam, made the remarks after appearing before an accountability court in Islamabad in a reference concerning his family’s Avenfield properties.

“Bit by bit, the reality of the JIT’s investigative report is being revealed,” he said in his customary talk with the media after the court’s proceedings.

“You know that the facts that went in our favour were [deliberately] hidden by the JIT,” he alleged. “You already know what has come out of Wajid Zia’s mouth and, in a way, he has given us a certificate [of innocence],” he further claimed.

Though the Sharif family has kept up a narrative that Zia, the prosecution’s star witness and head of the JIT, has considerably weakened the case by failing to hold up to cross questioning, the PML-N’s political opponents say the court’s proceedings have been misconstrued by the PML-N to present a distorted picture to give Nawaz’s supporters false hopes.

“A new truth has come to light today,” Sharif said today before alleging that of the six members of the JIT, “three are our worst political opponents. They, or their wives or [other] family members are active members of the PTI,” he claimed.

He chose to exclude the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) representative, Irfan Naeem Mangi, from his list, choosing to stick to criticism of the intelligence agencies’ representatives on the team.

“My case was not a terrorism case. I was doing nothing against the interests of Pakistan. What was the need to include the ISI and MI in the JIT?” he asked.

Khawaja Haris concludes Wajid Zia’s cross-examination

Earlier, Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Haris had completed his cross-examination of JIT head Wajid Zia in the Avenfield refence, ten days after he began examining the witness.

Maryam Nawaz’s counsel, Amjad Parvez, has now taken over from him.

During the examination, Zia had said that the team did not maintain a daily diary of its proceedings as it had been ordered by the Supreme Court to submit a report every 15 days.

He further stated that the JIT had not been conducting a criminal investigation but had the powers to conduct an investigation according to the Criminal Procedures Code (CrPC), the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 and under the powers given to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

He revealed that while confidential matters were reviewed only by JIT members, the JIT secretariat had a staff of between 30 and 40 people. This included security guards, record typists and cook.

The JIT also took assistance from 30-40 experts who have not been named in the JIT report as the Supreme Court had been requested to keep their names secret. The apex court had not issued any order regarding this, but their names were not revealed in the report, Zia said.

Read: Profiles of JIT members

Zia also elaborated on his professional life, informing that he had joined the public service in 1988 as an assistant superintendent police (ASP). He said that he remained associated with criminal investigations throughout his career.

Earlier, when asked by Haris about whether he knew about JIT member Bilal Rasool being a relative of PML-Q founder and current PTI leader Mian Azhar, Zia replied in the affirmative. But he said he could not say for sure whether Rasool’s wife was appointed as a lawmaker on a special seat by PML-Q or comment on her active association with the PTI.

He also said that he was aware of procedural actions ongoing against Irfan Naeem Mangi, but said he did not know of a committee investigating him on the orders of the Supreme Court.

He said he was unaware of Brigadier Nauman Masood being a source employee of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

He also said it was incorrect to say that the JIT conducted the investigations against the Sharif family in a biased way or with a specific agenda in mind.

‘Do they already know if someone will be coming to Adiala Jail?’

Sharif today also spoke on recent political developments, including a number of defections from the PML-N.

“Those who have been with us for generations will not change their loyalties,” he said. “People will not vote for those who change their loyalties.”

Addressing renewed concerns about the lack of development in south Punjab after PML-N defectors announced they would begin a movement for a new province in the area, Sharif chose to appreciate the work done in the region under his brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s leadership.

More importantly, he engaged with rumours of preparations being made in the infamous Adiala Jail for the arrival of important political personalities.

“House cleaning has already begun in Adiala Jail. Do they know in advance that somebody is coming?” he asked.

He also said that he does not want NAB to influence the upcoming general elections by pressurising candidates before elections. Informal consultations regarding making the body ineffective during the caretaker setup have taken place with the prime minister’s involvement, he revealed

The accountability references against Sharifs — now in their final stages — had been filed on the orders of the Supreme Court as a continuation of the Panamagate affair. The Panama Papers case had earlier resulted in the disqualification of Sharif for holding an undeclared work permit from the UAE. He has since stepped up his criticism of the judiciary, as well as the JIT whose report led to his ouster.

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Pakistan moving towards instability: Nawaz Sharif

December 15, 2017

Geo News

LONDON: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said the country is moving towards instability and the current circumstances in Pakistan are not satisfactory.

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Nawaz added that the country, which was progressing well, is now moving towards instability after the July 28 decision.

“I said it during my rally in Quetta too, such decisions become the reason for anarchy in a country,” said the former prime minister.

Nawaz is in London after the court had exempted him for a short duration from appearing in the hearings held for the NAB references registered against him.

Nawaz said his government has worked hard during the last four years to improve the country and the circumstances of the masses.

However, he said, terrorism which was under control during his leadership is again rearing its head in the country.

“CPEC projects have slowed down, projects are not progressing at the speed as they were during our tenure,” elaborated Nawaz further and added that the stock exchange, which was hovering around 54,000 points, has now dropped down to around 37,000 points.

“These are all economic indicators. Political instability effects the country.”

Nawaz also expressed his dismay at the current circumstances.

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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Earlier today, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif arrived at Hasan Nawaz’s office in London to meet party leader and former premier Nawaz Sharif.

Nawaz’s daughter Maryam, Shehbaz’s son Salman, and other members of the family were also present at the meeting.

Abbasi said the government would complete its tenure and elections would be held on time.

“The government will complete its tenure and elections will be held on time,” said the prime minister, reiterating the government’s stance.

The prime minister also said that the merger of FATA with KP is part of the agenda and some reservations raised are being allayed.

The PML-N leaders also met former premier Shaukat Aziz at his London residence yesterday to offer their condolences on the demise of his son.

According to credible sources privy to developments in PML-N, Nawaz has also recently met former finance minister Ishaq Dar in London. The meeting was held at the residence of Nawaz’s son, Hasan Nawaz, wherein the present situation of the country came under discussion, sources said.

https://www.geo.tv/latest/172299-country-moving-towards

Nawaz Sharif vindicated as Supreme Court refuses to reopen Hudaibiya Paper Mills Case — Political stability in Pakistan still being questioned

December 15, 2017

 

Former prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif addresses a public rally organized by Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party in Quetta on Nov. 2, 2017. (AFP)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday unanimously rejected the appeal to reopen the 17-year old corruption case against ousted Premier Nawaz Sharif and his family members.
In an appeal, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB ) sought to re-open the case commonly known as the Hudaibiya Paper Mills.

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The country’s anti-graft body, NAB, alleges that the Sharif family used the company in the 1990s to launder about $10 million out of Pakistan; Sharif and his family members deny the allegation.
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The court order has brought some relief for Nawaz Sharif and his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif who was also accused in the case. The Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif from office in July this year due to concealment of financial assets and that forced him to step down.
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Pakistan has been in political turmoil since Nawaz Sharif’s judicial ouster, which was largely flayed by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party members who called the ouster a conspiracy against a democratically elected government.
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National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq is the latest member of the political corps and senior government officials to speak of an alleged conspiracy to derail democracy in Pakistan. He expressed his fear that the current assemblies may not be able to complete their full terms.
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In an interview this week, Sadiq said he has “enough information to believe that a conspiracy was being hatched” to “disrupt the (democratic) system.” This was quoted on a local television channel and he added that the recent sit-in protests by far-right activists in different cities were also part of this “greater plan.”
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According to the media, Sadiq also hinted at the involvement of external forces in political maneuvering to destabilize the government and stressed that the US would eventually question political stability in Pakistan if such “experiments went unabated.” His statements have caused great concern, not only among politicians but among the general public as well.
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The government is already facing difficulty in getting the constitutional amendment passed by the Upper House, Senate, which is required for delimitation of constituencies after the recent population census — a prerequisite for holding next year’s elections on schedule. Any delay in elections would essentially mean an interim setup taking over until constitutional requisites were fulfilled.
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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, however, said he was optimistic that the assemblies would complete their term.
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After a meeting with Nawaz Sharif in London on Thursday, Abbasi confidently said: “Our government will have smooth sailing and an interim government will be formed in June.”
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As the opposition party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) demands snap elections alleging governmental incompetence and corruption, religious groups oppose the government over an amendment which the government calls a clerical error. While opposition parties are forging different alliances to add to the mounting pressure on the government, Pakistan appears unsure of its political course.
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Pakistan’s Ousted PM Nawaz Sharif Elected Again as Party President — Sharif’s re-election as party chief makes him a national leader again — “He is the symbol of economic development in Pakistan”

October 3, 2017

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s ruling party on Tuesday re-elected ousted premier Nawaz Sharif as its leader, saying he was “back with full force”, a day after using its parliamentary majority to amend a law to allow him to re-take the job.

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Jafar Iqbal, who headed a five-member election body, said Sharif had been elected party president unopposed by the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s (PML-N) central executive committee.

Sharif resigned as prime minister in July after the Supreme Court disqualified him for not declaring a source of income. He was also forced to step down as president of PML-N, though he kept control of the party and installed Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a loyalist, as prime minister.

Sharif’s re-election as party chief brings him back into the political fold, he said, contradicting those who thought he would no longer be relevant.

“There have been attempts again and again to exit me, but you will always keep giving me an entry again and again,” Sharif told party workers after his election. “I congratulate that you’re bringing Nawaz Sharif back with full force.”

No one came forward to contest Sharif, Iqbal said amid clapping, thumping and slogans in support of Sharif in televised proceedings of the election in Islamabad. The former prime minister will lead the party for four years.

“Nawaz Sharif is the symbol of economic development in Pakistan,” Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said in his address to the party members.

Parliament amended a law on Monday to enable Sharif to re-take the PML-N leadership. Opposition lawmakers tore up paper copies of the Election Bill 2017, passed by the Senate last week, that allowed Sharif to become the party president again.

The vote was more of a formality as PML-N has a vast majority.

Sharif has appeared before an anti-corruption court and is expected to be indicted next week, along with three of his children.

The veteran leader denies any wrongdoing and has alleged there was a conspiracy against him, with senior PML-N figures pointing fingers at elements of Pakistan’s powerful military.

The army denies playing a role.

(Editing by Nick Macfie)

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has re-elected former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as the party’s president for a period of four years.

The formal announcement was made at the party’s general council meeting at Convention Centre, Islamabad by the PML-N’s chief election commissioner Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal.

Nawaz has been elected unopposed as no one else contested against him.

Earlier, during the intra-party election, Nawaz’s nomination papers were submitted by State Minister Tariq Fazal Chaudhry.

Senior PML-N leaders, including Nawaz, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif are present at the event.

Party leaders are addressing the gathering of scores of party workers and leaders, after which Nawaz is expected to address the gathering.

PML-N leaders at the general council meeting. Photo: Geo News

On Monday, the PML-N central working committee approved an amendment to the party’s constitution, paving Nawaz’s way to lead the party following his disqualification from the Supreme Court.

As Nawaz was deemed not fit to be in Parliament, as per the country and party’s laws, he also had to let go of his presidentship of the PML-N.

However, according to the PML-N, the amendment to the party manifesto aims at getting rid of ‘dictator’s remnants’.

In the meeting of the central working committee, headed by the party’s interim president Senator Sardar Yaqub Nasir at Punjab House, on Monday, the committee unanimously accepted the amendment.

The party leaders expressed confidence and reaffirmed their trust on the party leader. They also paid tribute to the former prime minister for his services during his tenure.

PML-N amends party constitution, allows disqualified member to lead party

The intra-party election is being held after the National Assembly on Monday passed the Elections Bill 2017, paving way for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to regain chairmanship of the ruling party.

The bill was also ratified by President Mamnoon Hussain.

A controversial clause in the bill — which was heavily criticised by the opposition — allows politicians disqualified from holding public office to lead political parties.

https://www.geo.tv/latest/160904-pml-n-to-elect-nawaz-as-party-president-today

Pakistani Court Indicts Finance Minister on Graft Charges — Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif to be indicted on October 2

September 27, 2017

ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani court in a high-profile corruption case has indicted the country’s finance minister on graft charges after investigators found his assets did not match his reported income.

State media report that Ishaq Dar was present in the courtroom Wednesday when a judge read the charges against him. Dar denied the allegations.

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Ishaq Dar

Under Pakistan’s laws, Dar can continue to work as a minister until he is found guilty. However, opposition leaders have asked him to resign on moral grounds.

Dar has close familial ties to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified from holding office by the Supreme Court for concealing his financial assets in July.

Dar’s indictment comes a day after Sharif made his first appearance before a judge to face corruption cases.

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Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif to be indicted on October 2

Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has appeared before an anti-graft court for the first time to face corruption charges against his family.

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Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has appeared before an anti-corruption court, kicking off trial proceedings that he says are biased and which threaten to dent his party’s chances at the next general election due in mid-2018.

Sharif briefly appeared before a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court in Islamabad on three corruption charges. He did not enter a plea.

Local TV channels reported that Sharif is scheduled to be formally indicted on October 2, about two months after his disqualification by the Supreme Court for not declaring a small source of income that he denied receiving.

A Supreme Court panel has also alleged Sharif family’s wealth far exceeds their legal income.

“He has appeared before the court and by appearing he has proved to be a lion,” said Marvi Memom, an MP for Sharif’s ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)party.

Sharif, who returned from London on Monday after about a month in Britain, told the court his wife was being treated for cancer in London and needs his care.

Sharif has portrayed the corruption claims against him as politically motivated, while his allies, including daughter and heir-apparent Maryam, have hinted Pakistan’s powerful military had a hand in his toppling. The military denies any such action.

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“It’s a good thing that finally NAB and such institutions are holding the rich and powerful to (account),” said Shafqat Mahmood, a senior members of the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.

PTI, led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan who doggedly pushed the Supreme Court into launching a corruption probe into Sharif, has called for an early election but it is unlikely the government will agree to that.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/09/26/ex-pakistan-pm-nawaz-sharif-be-indicted-october-2

New Pakistan PM Wants Probe of Harassment Accusations Against Opposition’s Imran Khan

August 4, 2017

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s new prime minister on Friday called for an investigation into allegations that opposition leader Imran Khan harassed a woman lawmaker, charges Khan dismisses as revenge for his role in last week’s ouster of then-premier Nawaz Sharif.

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Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan. Photo credit Reuters

A furious social media backlash threatening violence against Khan’s accuser, lawmaker Ayesha Gulalai, has also exposed raw nerves about the treatment of women in Pakistan.

The case has been splashed across domestic media, at times eclipsing the installation of a new cabinet led by Sharif ally Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister.

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Abbasi told the National Assembly he wanted a special panel to investigate the allegations.

“We respect the person who has made the accusation, but we also respect the accused, and it is their right to be able to contest these allegations,” he said.

On Tuesday, at a news conference at the National Assembly, Gulalai had announced she was quitting Khan’s opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, saying he had no respect for women and had sent her obscene text messages.

The announcement, four days after the Supreme Court disqualified Sharif over undeclared income he denies having received, in a case Khan brought before the court, prompted PTI supporters to accuse her of working for the ruling party.

“The PML-N has used her and bought her. This is the tried and tested method of the PML-N,” Khan told a private television channel on Thursday, referring to the ruling party.

“I have worked with numerous women in my career,” he added, rejecting the accusations. “How many women have leveled such allegations against me?”

Reuters could not immediately reach Khan, the PTI chairman, for comment on Friday, but a party spokeswoman said a statement could come later in the day.

Gulalai told Reuters she stood by her allegations, adding that she was not surprised at the threats.

“In our society, it is common that a victim is targeted, always, and if you’re a woman you hardly find anyone to stand by you,” she said in a telephone interview on Thursday.

Khan accuses the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party and what he called the Sharif family “mafia” of waging a revenge smear campaign against him, in preparation for general elections due next year.

“Do your worst; stoop as low as you can; me and my struggle-hardened party will become ever stronger,” Khan said on social network Twitter in a message to the Sharif family “mafia”.

(Writing by Kay Johnson; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

Pakistan PM hits out at ‘slandering’ of his family over wealth

June 15, 2017

Reuters

By Drazen Jorgic and Saad Sayeed | ISLAMABAD

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday lashed out at what he called the “slandering” of his family in connection with an investigation of their wealth, and said unidentified people with agendas against him posed a danger to the country.

Sharif was speaking after being grilled by a powerful panel investigating him and his family in an inquiry ordered by the Supreme Court that has gripped Pakistan and become increasingly politicized.

“What is happening here is not about corruption allegations against me, it is about slandering the businesses and accounts of my family,” a defiant Sharif, clad in traditional shalwar kameez tunic and trousers, said as he read from a statement.

Sharif, 67, spent about three hours at the offices of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in the capital, Islamabad, becoming the first Pakistani prime minister to be questioned by an investigative agency.

“No corruption charges have been proven against me in the past and, inshallah (God willing), it will not be so once again,” he said.

The Supreme Court agreed last year to investigate the Sharif family’s offshore wealth after the opposition threatened protests after the leaking of the “Panama Papers”.

Documents leaked from the Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm appeared to show that Sharif’s daughter and two sons owned offshore holding companies registered in the British Virgin Islands and used them to buy luxury properties in London.

The Supreme Court ruled in April there was insufficient evidence to remove Sharif from office over corruption allegations leveled by the opposition, but it ordered further investigations.

Sharif, whose father was a prominent industrialist, has said his family wealth was acquired legally.

A three-time prime minister, Sharif was ousted twice in the 1990s, including in a 1999 military coup. He later lived in exile, mostly in Saudi Arabia.

He swept back to power in an election in 2013 but rumors of tension between his government and the powerful military, which oversees the foreign relations and national security, occasionally circulate.

‘SUSPICIOUS’

Sharif suggested that unidentified enemies acting behind the scenes should be stopped from trying to subvert the wishes of the electorate that handed his party victory in a 2013 general election.

“If the factories that produce agendas and silence the decisions of the people are not closed, then not only the law and constitution, but the safety of this country will also be jeopardized,” he said.

Pakistan has been plagued by pervasive corruption for decades, with politicians often accusing rivals of underhand dealings.

The Supreme Court has given the panel two months to investigate the family and then deliver its findings.

The six-man panel, made up of members of civilian investigative agencies and military intelligence officers, are examining three generations of Sharif family wealth.

The team has accused government departments of tampering with old records, but Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday rejected such allegations, adding that the team’s claims meant the process was becoming “suspicious”, media reported.

Sharif’s camp has sought to remove two members of the investigation team and his ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party voiced outrage over a leaked photograph taken from security camera footage showing Sharif’s son, Hussain, appearing before the panel.

Opinion polls suggest Sharif’s party is likely to win the next election, due next year.

A senior PML-N official told Reuters the party was unlikely to call an early election if Sharif was ousted by a Supreme Court ruling, and would select a new prime minister to take over until the general election.

(Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Robert Birsel)