PM can’t su­per­vise own ac­count­abil­ity: Aitzaz

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - IR­FAN ALIGI

KARACHI—The Prime Min­is­ter Mian Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif has been ac­cused of ow­ing off­shore com­pa­nies and hence he could not hold oth­ers as guilty or ac­cused and for­mally in­dict oth­ers in cases of off­shore com­pa­nies. It is his moral obli­ga­tion to sur­ren­der him for the ac­count­abil­ity and let the probe com­mis­sion to de­cide about his fate, as whether guilty or not guilty.

Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party’s (PPP) se­nior leader Se­na­tor Chaudhry Aitzaz Ah­san ex­pressed these views while talking to the news­men at Sindh High Court’s premises, Wed­nes­day. As a rule of thumb, the PM should re­sign from his of­fice on moral grounds and he has to make all of his prop­erty and as­sets pub­lic start­ing from the year 1985 un­til 2016 along with de­tails of rev­enue gen­er­a­tion, hun­dred­fold mul­ti­pli­ca­tion of his bank de­posits, tax re­turns and the means and mech­a­nism of trans­fer of money abroad from Pak­istan.

The PM should also ex­plain as how he man­aged to es­tab­lish off­shore com­pa­nies and through which bank ac­counts he trans­ferred the wealth abroad, he said.

It is a rule of thumb that one, who ac­cepts pres­ence of his prop­erty and ac­counts abroad and off­shore com­pa­nies, he is li­able to give ex­pla­na­tion to the na­tion, ar­gued the PPP Se­na­tor. None­the­less, the ac­count­abil­ity has to be started from the PM as he is claim­ing that he has of­fered him for the ac­count­abil­ity, he as­serted. The PPP leader al­leged the Pm has minted his wealth from the kick­backs from mega projects such as Metro Bus and Mo­tor­ways projects.

Chaudhry Aitzaz Ah­san also said that all those whose names have ap­peared in the Panama Pa­pers should be held for the ac­count­abil­ity but the process of the ac­count­abil­ity should be ini­ti­ated from the PM. He said that all po­lit­i­cal par­ties on the op­po­si­tion side ex­cept two are in favour of PM’s res­ig­na­tion and this start of the op­po­si­tion with unity is a good omen.

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