Soon after the submission of joint investigation team s (JIT) report in the Supreme Court, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has demanded that PM Nawaz Sharif should immediately resign as the prime minister of Pakistan.
Sharif and members of his family have appeared before a team appointed by the Supreme Court to investigate their offshore companies. A case was made by the government of slain Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto against Nawaz Sharif but it was not pursued when Mr.Sharif returned to power in 1997.
Sharif, who has previously denied allegations of abusing his authority to enrich himself, has been under pressure since documents leaked in 2016 from a Panama-based law firm disclosed that his family had offshore accounts.
The minister said the JIT report focused on the Sharif family's personal businesses rather than mismanagement or corruption while holding public office.
Sharif's party leaders, meanwhile, said that the report did not prove any specific wrongdoing on the part of the prime minister. "There are so many contradictions in this report anybody who reads it objectively will understand its true objective", he said.
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The report added there was a "significant gap/disparity" between the declared sources of income and wealth accumulated by Sharif, his sons Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz and his daughter Maryam Nawaz.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) can not initiate contempt of court proceedings against an individual as that right lies only with the Supreme Court and the High Courts, said Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan. He is the sole defense witness in the money laundering case against the Sharif family.
There was no confirmation of the report as the court adjourned the hearing till next Monday.
However, PML-N leaders continue to claim innocence about the involvement of Sharif and his family members.
The probing team comprises officials of National Accountability Bureau, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), State Bank of Pakistan, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI), headed by Additional Director General FIA Wajid Zia. "He should go away and should be barred from leaving the country along with other family members", he said.