By : Usman Jabbar Khan
Islamabad : Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, after the Supreme Court ruling on the Panamagate case, urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign for the duration of an investigation into how the Sharif family’s money was transferred to Qatar.
“I demand Nawaz Sharif resign… Until the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) completes its probe,” Khan said.
“If you’re cleared within 60 days, you can return,” Khan said.
The PTI chairman congratulated the nation on the “historic” ruling. “This has never happened in the history of Pakistan.”
The Supreme Court verdict was split 3-2 among a five-judge bench, with two dissenting notes in the judgement by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Gulzar Ahmed. The two judges ruled against PM Nawaz Sharif, saying he should be disqualified, whereas the other three were in favour of forming a JIT.
“All five judges have decided that whatever Nawaz Sharif said, it has been rejected. The money trail, the sources of income ─ everything is in front of the nation… In other words, it has been declared a falsehood.”
“The two most senior judges said to disqualify the PM,” Khan said.
However, “they [the PML-N] are giving out mithai over the fact that two judges have said he is dishonest.”
“Five judges have dismissed their defence – is this what you are celebrating?” Khan asked the ruling party.
“Nawaz Sharif should hand in his resignation,” former president Asif Ali Zardari said while addressing a press conference. “I condemn the [court’s] decision,” he asserted.
“Mian sahab you have failed. You cannot run the government. Give someone else a chance to run the government,” he said.
“A decision which the Supreme Court could not make, how will the Grade-19 officers under the PM decide the case?” he asked.
“They have no concerns except their own enjoyment,” the PPP co-chairman said of the PML-N.
“Why are they distributing sweets? Because two senior judges said you [PM Nawaz Sharif] should be disqualified? Is this why you are eating mithai?” he asked.
“You have deceived the nation,” Zardari said.
“Imran Khan, we told you to join us and form legislation and then take it to the court,” he said. “But he [Khan] does not listen. He has never been to jail, he does not know how judges work, how justice works.”
“We believe that if Pakistan is not safe in the hands of Nawaz Sharif, it is also not safe in the hands of Imran Khan,” the former president, whose own party is gunning for a victory in the next election, said.