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MQM calls on Sharif to resign voluntarily

A supporter of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) waves party flags during a gathering of thousands at a stadium in Lahore April 10, 2011. The leader of MQM Altaf Hussain, living in exile in London, addressed the people of Punjab via telephone. REUTERS/Athar Hussain (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Karachi: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), which has its political base in Pakistan’s Sindh province, has called on Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign and subject himself to a judicial commission completes inquiry in connection with the Panama Papers leak case.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan and Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari have already demanded Sharif’s resignation, citing that he has lost the ‘moral authority to stay in power’.

The MQM Rabita Committee, which is the third largest opposition party in parliament in a statement issued late Monday night said that the Prime Minister should resign till investigations into the Panama Papers expose was completed.

“If Nawaz Sharif continues to stay in power, then his political opponents will raise questions on the impartiality of the investigations,” the Express Tribune quoted him, as saying.

The statement added that in a civilised society, people holding top offices resigned voluntarily and waited for inquiry findings.

A massive leak of 11.5 million tax documents on April 3 revealed secret offshore dealings of world leaders and celebrities, including three of his children for owning London real estate through offshore companies.

The leaks revealed that three of his children own offshore companies – identified as three British Virgin Islands-based companies Nescoll Ltd, Nielsen Enterprises Ltd and Hangon Property Holdings Ltd, incorporated in 1993, 1994 and 2007 respectively – and assets not shown on his family’s wealth statement. (ANI)