Imran Khan demands Nawaz Sharif’s resignation
Pakistan opposition leader Imran Khan on Thursday demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif even after a Supreme Court bench declared there was “insufficient evidence” to remove him from office on graft charges.
“I demand that Sharif should resign immediately as he has lost moral authority to rule the country,” Imran Khan, who heads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, said at a press conference in Islamabad.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday stated there wasn’t enough evidence to order Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s removal from office over corruption allegations levelled by the opposition.
According to reports, two out of the five judges on the court bench recommended that Nawaz Sharif should step down. However, they were out voted by the others.
The Pakistani Supreme Court however has asked for a joint investigation team (JIT) be formed, which will probe the corruption allegations around Nawaz Sharif’s children using offshore companies to buy properties in London.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan agreed last year to investigate the Nawaz Sharif family’s offshore wealth after Imran Khan threatened street protests following the leaking of the “Panama Papers”.
Imran Khan said the verdict was an indictment of Nawaz Sharif as the bench did not absolve him of the allegations.
He added if Nawaz Sharif is not ready to step down permanently, he should at least step aside for 60 days and during this time JIT can investigate the money laundering allegations, which hasbeen ordered by the court.
Imran Khan added that the court had actually rejected Nawaz Sharif’s defence that their properties in London were bought with clean money.
“The court has unanimously rejected a letter by Qatari prince (who said in the letter that he provided the money used to buy flats in London),” said Imran Khan.
Speaking about the verdict, Imran Khan said that his party Tehreek-e-Insaf has been vindicated that Nawaz Sharif was involved in corrupt activities.