Premier Nawaz refuses to resign on demand of 'conspirators' @ Pakistan Herald

This PMLN leader demands PM Nawaz's resignation on TV

Nearly all opposition parties, including the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), have asked the prime minister to resign. Maryam Nawaz submitted one of the documents, which the JIT sent to London's Radley Forensic Document Laboratory as part of a rather unusual angle for an investigation.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has urged party leaders to refrain from criticising the Supreme Court bench hearing the Panama Papers case, as well as other state institutions.

In their report, which has been leaked to media, the team alleged Sharif's family accumulated wealth far above its earnings, and says his children, including heir-apparent Maryam Sharif, signed falsified documents created to mask the truth.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said he never compromised on the public mandate and democracy, reiterating he had done nothing wrong. In reality, it is the country's Supreme Court that is expected to decide his fate when it meets on Monday next. The Panama case has raised allegations that the Sharif family concealed assets and even failed to reveal the sources of their income.

Sharif, who is widely seen as the successor to her father, whose final term ends next year, denied the claims, and posted to Twitter documents that she claimed proved she was merely a trustee of the properties rather than the owner.

The opposition has been demanding Sharif's resignation since a Joint Investigation Team, appointed by the apex court to probe accusations of money laundering and concealing of wealth by the Sharif family, submitted its report on July 10.




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. The Prime Minister's daughter, Maryam Nawaz, seems to have falsified documents in an effort to hide her possession of some overseas properties.

The Federal Cabinet in its meeting held on Thursday also endorsed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's decision to not step down.

He had served as the prime minister from 1990 to 1993 and from 1997 to 1999.

The prime minister said he and his family members faced the probe body without any hesitation, adding if there was any shred of evidence of corruption against them then it was needed to be raised but, according to him, there was none.

Sharif, the son of an industrialist, will have his fate decided by the Supreme Court, which could disqualify him or order a trial.

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