The News – Nawaz, Shahbaz staged ‘drama’ before JIT: Imran Khan

Islamabad, 17 June 2017. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Saturday that both Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif had staged a drama before the JIT.

While referring to Shahbaz Sharif without taking his name, the PTI chief said, “Whom are they befooling by wearing hat and mafia suit”.

Speaking to the media, Imran said leaders are always held accountable in a democracy and with the Sharif family appearing before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), it does not mean they are being victimised.

He said that 12 corruption cases were pending against Nawaz Sharif. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has also been implicated in a case.

The Sharif family had not appeared before the court themselves but they had been called in to appear, the PTI chief said.

Imran reiterated that the entire nation stands by the Supreme Court and the JIT.

The News – PM turns our seven questions into 70, says Khursheed

Islamabad, 17 May 2016. Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Monday said the opposition will devise its future strategy today (Tuesday) as the prime minister had converted the seven simple questions of the opposition into 70 questions.

“We had put forward seven questions but the speech of Nawaz Sharif has converted these into 70 questions. Rather than accusing each other, it would be better not to waste the time of parliament. Therefore, we are walking out from the House,” he said in his brief response following the speech of the prime minister in the National Assembly.

The opposition leader said the opposition was asking questions about the London flat but matters of Jeddah and his Dubai wealth had surfaced now.

Following the announcement from Khursheed Shah, the joint opposition, including the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and other opposition parties, staged a walkout from the National Assembly while raising slogans.

After the brief speech of the opposition leader, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq asked Imran Khan to address the Lower House of Parliament but the PTI chief refused to speak and staged a walkout with his fellow opposition members.

Later, talking to media persons, Khursheed Shah, along with Imran Khan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Opposition Leader in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan and Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, said the opposition parties would meet again today (Tuesday) to chalk out a strategy in the light of Nawaz Sharif’s speech in the National Assembly.

“The people of Pakistan are the biggest judge of today’s event. We are not satisfied with the response,” Khursheed said.

He said the prime minister had no answer to the opposition’s seven questions, which have now increased to 70. “We had seven simple questions which were not answered in the address.”

Khursheed said he felt the joint opposition should address the public through the media instead of hurling bad words at each other in parliament, adding that 200 million people were the biggest judge.

Imran Khan presented documents of his London flat saying that he had brought all the details. “The prime minister should also present the details of his offshore companies,” he said.

The PTI chief said Nawaz Sharif made no mention of Maryam Nawaz, who was the sole owner of two offshore companies. “From 1981 to 1993, Mian Nawaz Sharif’s monthly income was only Rs22,600,” he pointed out.

Imran asked the prime minister to show the purchase agreement of Mayfair flats allegedly purchased in 2005. “The Sharif family bought the first flat in London in 1993 and the fifth in 2004,” he said while showing the documentation of his flat purchased in 1983 to the media.

He said the prime minister’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz, was unemployed at that time, which means Nawaz Sharif bought the companies in his daughter’s name.

“The prime minister in his tax return declared that he gifted Rs20.4 million to his daughter Maryam Nawaz while she was dependent on him but the PanamaLeaks documents showed that she was the owner of two companies,” he said.

Aitzaz Ahsan said the premier cleverly dodged the simple questions put forth by the joint opposition.Asked about the opposition’s response to the offer of the prime minister for a parliamentary committee to formulate the terms of reference (ToRs), Aitzaz said the opposition will meet today to take up this issue.

Meanwhile, PML-Q leader Pervaiz Elahi said Nawaz Sharif was complicating the matter and he should better come towards the solution. He said the prime minister should have replied to seven questions on the PanamaLeaks, which the opposition had presented to him several days back.

“It was expected that he would answer at least some questions, but contrary to all the expectations, he did not mention even one question due to which the opposition decided to stage a walkout after mutual consultation,” he said.