Opposition parties join hands against govt of Nawaz Sharif

Opposition parties join hands against govt of Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif, serving his third term as prime minister, faces opposition calls to step down but he was defiant in his condemnation of the report that alleges his family´s income from business was not large enough to explain its wealth. He said the PPP always stood for strong democratic system, adding that the presence of Nawaz Sharif as Leader of the House would weaken the parliament.

The JIT, in its report, highlighted that Sharif was "non-committal" about two letters furnished to the Supreme Court by the former Qatari prime minister about financial dealing.

The crisis hit the Sharif family when the Panama Papers disclosed past year three of Prime Minister Sharif's children owned offshore companies and assets not shown on his family's wealth statement.

It is learnt that Sharif family's top counsel Khawaja Muhammad Haris has prepared a draft of objections on the JIT report, and it may be submitted [to the top court] on Saturday.

Of course, the Sharif family has trashed the allegations, saying it's a conspiracy and "full of flaws", while the Opposition, particularly Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has pounced on the matter.

The Prime Minister's daughter, Maryam Nawaz, is widely seen as her father's political successor however if she's found to have forged documents to hide her family's assets it could dampen her leadership ambitions. Memes of Prime Minister Sharif with Microsoft founder Bill Gates also made the rounds on social media.

The meeting was the first sitting of the Cabinet after the six-member panel submitted the damning report to the apex court on Monday.

Soon after the cabinet meeting, the main opposition Pakistan People's Party announced it would support government institutions - a indication of support for the JIT.

Sharif produced documents which she claimed were from 2006, which purported to show she was only a trustee of the high-end properties and did not own them.

The JIT was to investigate the real beneficiaries of the said offshore companies, authenticity of a letter written by Qatar's former prime minister that spoke of cash transactions being customary and probe the role of Sharif's three children within 60 days.

The prime minister asked if there was any corruption of even a rupee in any of the motorway or energy projects initiated by the PML-N government. They also recorded statements from witnesses, seven of whom were members of the Sharif family.

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