ISLAMABAD: While addressing the National Assembly on Monday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, suggested to form a joint committee to to probe allegations related to Panama Papers revelations.
“A report was published in media in April, called Panama papers, which named a number of Pakistanis involved in forming offshore companies. My two sons were also named in it, who are living abroad and are doing legal business,” Nawaz said as he started his much-awaited speech.
“Some of my fellow party members advised me not to explain my position, since I am not directly named.They advised me to form an impartial commission to investigate the issue.”
Meanwhile members of the ruling party kept applauding every sentence said by the prime minster by thumping their desks.
“I believe in the judiciary and even the retired judges but some people reacted adversely and even defamed those judges, then they demanded an investigation by FIA,” the premier said.
“Then they wanted a commission led by supreme judiciary, we agreed to that. But then they made the issue of ToRs controversial.”
“None shall have any doubt that the ToRs suggested by the opposition only want accountability for me. This is inexplicable that a man whose name is nowhere in Panama Papers should explain himself.”
“My ministers and I do not fear accountability, we have faced selective justice in the past as well,” he maintained.
The prime minister said he wants investigation against all kind of corrupt people and practices, including those who took kick-backs and got their loans written off.
“Today, people living in bungalows and commuting in helicopters are accusing me of misconduct, can they explain it before the nation as to how they earned all this money and how much tax they paid,” said Nawaz Sharif.
The opposition members, as decided in a meeting before the NA session, did not create any disturbance during the speech. However, they staged a walkout after the prime minister’s address saying “the prime minister’s address was of no use”