ISLAMABAD: The Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has termed that the judicial commission announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to probe into Panama Papers revelations ‘an eyewash’, saying the opposition was not taken into confidence on the terms of reference (ToRs).
“This is an eyewash and joke with the nation and was aimed at burying justice and accountability,” he stated this while addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Saturday. The PTI chief once again demanded of the government to set up a CJ-led judicial commission and to hire international audit firms to probe money trail.
He said that inquiry under the proposed judicial commission would not complete even after five years and the prime minister would be able to dissolve the commission through one notification,” Khan reiterated. Responding a question, he said that PTI rejects the recommended judicial commission to probe into the Panama Leaks investigation. He stated that government has the authority to dissolve the commission whenever it wants.
He said that the proposed judicial commission would only have powers of the civil court. Answering another question PTI Chairman said that terms of reference for the judicial commission should have been chalked out in consultation with the opposition parties.
Criticizing the PM’s address to the nation, Imran said: “instead of clarifying his position over Panama Papers, Nawaz Sharif leveled allegations against his opponents”. He said that he would present himself for accountability once the allegations against the prime minister are investigated. “It is not me or anyone else who would prove allegations against Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister has to prove the allegations wrong before the commission,” he added. He demanded the prime minister to make public his tax returns from 1990 to 2013. He said that country didn’t suffer from PTI s sit-in but in fact suffered a great deal because of corruption, adding that institutions are improved through accountability.
He said that the PTI will hit the streets if it has to and that the strategy to be adopted in the future will be declared today (Sunday) during the party s public meeting.