Panama Leaks ex­pos­ing rulers: Ja­hangir

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD —Pak­istan Tehreek-e-In­saf (PTI) sec­re­tary gen­eral Ja­hangeer Tareen on Thurs­day has said that he would not have been on gov­ern­ment’s hit-list if Mos­sack Fon­seca’s leaked data had not tar­geted it.

While ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in the fed­eral cap­i­tal, Tareen said that Prime Min­is­ter (PM) Nawaz Sharif is guilty of money laun­der­ing if he does not have proofs of funds’ trans­fer.

He said that the gov­ern­ment me­dia, run us­ing peo­ple’s money is be­ing used for per­sonal gains and to ma­lign po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents.

He called the Prime Min­is­ter out say­ing that he was in the ‘dock’ and not PTI’s lead­er­ship. He de­manded PM Nawaz to not avoid ques­tions like where did his earn­ings come from and if he has earned all his wealth through le­gal means then how much tax he has given till present day.

Tareen also de­manded the Prime Min­is­ter to ta­ble de­tails of his as­sets be­fore the na­tion within one week. His chil­dren too have a house in Lon­don but they have paid the taxes, he added.

He pos­sesses transac- tion de­tails of the funds he had trans­ferred abroad, Tareen said.

Ear­lier the Prime Min­is­ter wrote to the Supreme Court (SC) to es­tab­lish a com­mis­sion headed by Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan (CJP) An­war Za­heer Ja­mali for probe per­tain­ing to Panama leaks.

Op­po­si­tion par­ties in­clud­ing Pak­istan Tehreeke-In­saf (PTI) had de­manded the gov­ern­ment to form a com­mis­sion led by CJP Ja­mali. On the other hand, it was re­ported on Wed­nes­day that Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif s name was added in the leaks about off­shore com­pa­nies and il­le­gal deal­ings by mis­take.

In­ter­na­tional Con­sor­tium of In­ves­tiga­tive Jour­nal­ists (ICIJ) ad­mit­ted that PM Nawaz s name was er­ro­neously added in the Panama Pa­pers as a re­sult of an edit­ing mis­take. Op­po­si­tion par­ties had agreed on four points yes­ter­day in re­gard to the new Terms of Ref­er­ences (TOR) in the mat­ter.

The op­po­si­tion par­ties re­jected au­thor­i­ties given to the com­mis­sion and de­manded that the com­mis­sion be ap­proved through the Na­tional Assem­bly (NA) by pre­sent­ing it as an or­di­nance.—SABAH

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