Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday issued notices to Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif and other leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) named by four political parties regarding the Panama Leaks issue. PM Nawaz and the other party leaders shall have to submit their response over the allegations on September 6, reported Dunya News.
References filed by Opposition parties regarding the disqualification of PM Nawaz and the members of his family after them being named in the Panama Papers was heard today (Wednesday). ECP has issued notices to Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shehbaz Sharif, Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Hamza Shehbaz and Captain (retd.) Safdar in this regard.
Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) lawyer Latif Khosa stated that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spread disinformation regarding the offshore companies, further stating that PM Nawaz was the actual owner of the companies.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) lawyer Anees Hashmi argued that PM Nawaz and his family members were involved in tax evasion and money laundering whereas Awami Muslim League (AML) leader Sheikh Rasheed threatened to hit the streets over the persisting issue.
PML-N leaders stated that the allegations leveled by the Opposition were a routine matter, further adding that PTI Chairman Imran Khan should stop dreaming about attaining premiership.
ECP also issued notices to PTI Senator Liaqat Tarakai and provincial minister Shahram Tarakai over not mentioning offshore company ownership in their declared assets.
Experts state that the Election Commission has provided the PM and other stakeholders a legal right to defend themselves against the allegations leveled.