Islamabad (June 16, 2017):Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said on Friday the entire nation is standing behind the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigating the Panamagate case and will not let the rulers pressurise them.
“The team must not feel threatened or worried by the threats being hurled at them as they have the support of the masses,” Imran told reporters at his house in Bani Gala, Islamabad on Friday afternoon.
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On Thursday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, after his maiden appearance before the JIT, cautioned if the people’s mandate is not respected and conspirators continue to further their ‘specific agendas’, “then not only democracy but the country’s security will be at stake”.
According to the premier, he had been held accountable for every single penny, saying a milestone had been achieved that day as for the sake of law and supremacy of the Constitution his family and he presented themselves for accountability, once again.“This mandate is not given to you for corruption and money laundering,” Imran said. “Does being elected representatives grant you a license to loot and plunder the masses.”
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“PML-N leaders, through their statements, are also hinting at not accepting the verdict,” Imran said. “We will make you accept the JIT’s decision; the masses will and your supporters, if taken to streets, will be numbered in front of a sea of people supporting the judiciary.”
“The Supreme Court, its chief justice, and the JIT enjoy complete support of the masses,” Imran added. “The nation is longing for justice against the thieves which would happen for the first time in the country.”The PTI chairman went on to add the PML-N had been trying to make the JIT controversial as they could not buy their loyalties. “The Sharifs are used to bribing people but were unable to bribe the investigating team.”
Referring to the premier’s statement of a larger JIT in 2018 or general elections, Imran asked if being elected grants one the license to be involved in corruption.
This nation is in debt because of the ongoing corruption and money laundering, he said, adding that the Qatari prince’s letter was a fraud. “The PM did not produce that letter for eight months and suddenly brought it out after his address at the Parliament.”
Imran Khan claimed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had lied over the Qatari prince’s letter to the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) and National Assembly (NA).
“Had the Qatari letter been true there would have been at least a banking transaction. When Nawaz Sharif addressed the assembly, there was no mention of the Qatari prince – but the name was suddenly mentioned in the Supreme Court,” said the PTI chief while addressing a press conference to announce the inclusion of former PPP leader Imtiaz Safdar Warraich.
Imran claimed that the prime minister had started from a single factory and later expanded to 30 factories while remaining in power.
“This is corruption,” said the PTI chairman.
“Nawaz Sharif is accused of corruption, money laundering, concealment of assets and tax evasion.”
The PTI chairman reiterated his earlier demand from the premier and said Nawaz must disclose his source of income from which he bought the London flats.“The ruling party is making the JIT controversial as they have failed to manage and bribe it,” said Imran.
Khan also said that in case the government would not follow the Supreme Court`s decision in true letter and spirit, he will bring the masses on the streets.
“The Pakistani nation stands with the Supreme Court and the JIT.”
The PTI Chairman again reiterated that the Supreme Court should order the prime minister’s resignation until the conclusion of the JIT probe.
Earlier PPP stalwart Imtiaz Safdar Warraich announced to leave old association with PPP and join Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).
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Warraich’s switch to the PTI is the fourth major blow to the PPP’s Gujranwala division, home of the party’s central Punjab president Qamar Zaman Kaira.
Recently, former federal ministers Firdous Ashiq Awan, Nazar Muhammad Gondal, Sumsan Bukhari, former Punjab senior minister Raja Riaz Ahmed and other have jumped on PTI’s bandwagon.
There are reports that many other PPP leaders especially from Punjab are in talks with PTI leadership for joining the party.
The bleak future prospect and disorganization of the party especial in Punjab, most populous province which played crucial role in government formation, is said to be compelling even some diehard Jiyalas to desert the party.
Profile of Imtiaz Safdar Warraich?
Born and brought up in northeastern Punjab’s Gujranwala district, Imtiaz Safdar Warraich was among the PPP’s senior members and is regarded as a veteran politician and a party stalwart.
A lawyer by profession, Warraich served as the Gujranwala District Bar Association’s general secretary over 1982-1983 and was a member of the local district council from 1983-1991. He also served as the director of the Punjab Provincial Cooperative Bank Limited and was a federal minister in former premier Benazir Bhutto’s second government.He was twice elected as an MNA, in 2002 and 2008, from NA-98, his home constituency in Gujranwala; and as MPA for the Punjab Assembly in 1993, also from a seat in the same region. After his win in 2008, Warraich served as state minister for communication.
He was also PPP’s president of Gujranwala division and appointed to the influential position of president of the party’s central Punjab chapter in 2010. His appointment as the party’s head in central Punjab was a source of disappointment for a group of PPP workers, who said Warraich could not deliver in the province, a traditional stronghold of PML-N.