Resign within one week or face countrywide protests, LHCBA tells PM Nawaz

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan today annouced that he will hold a protest rally in Islamabad on April 28 to demand Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation on the Panamagate issue.

On Thursday, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa announced the decision saying that a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) will be tasked to find out the details regarding the allegations levied against the PM and his family and present the findings in front of the SC every two weeks. The JIT, the verdict said, would include representatives from Inter-Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence, Federal Investigation Agency, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Pakistan's apex court bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, was a divided house after it met to decide the fate of Nawaj Sharif and his family members in the Panama Papers case.

The Supreme Court agreed a year ago to investigate the Sharif family's offshore wealth after Opposition leader Imran Khan threatened street protests following the leak of the "Panama Papers". But, Sharif and his family have consistently denied any wrongdoing is involved.

"Nawaz Sharif's position has weakened ever since the Panama leak appeared in the newspaper and his party also lost considerable support".

The LHCBA vice president, meanwhile, highlighted that questions that the top court had raised over the absence of a money trail for the Sharif family's alleged offshore wealth can not be ignored.

As the court made its much-awaited verdict, protesters requesting Sharif to step down gathered in front of the building as well as Sharif's supporters did.

The Panama Papers refers to a huge cache of leaked documents, dating back four decades, which are allegedly connected to Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca.

In a statement, the court said it needed more information on the alleged money trail.

Prime Minister Sharif's governement was sacked by then President Ghulam Ishaq Khan for alleged corruption in April, 1993.

The prime minister's daughter, Maryam, tweeted a photo of the family and leaders of Sharif's PML-N party celebrating the verdict.

Contrary to what many politicians are saying, Wajihuddin said that the apex court has nearly resolved the case and made it simple.

Ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the Panama Leaks case, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said he is not waiting for any decision and was elected by people to work.

  • Leroy Wright