Imran announces rally in Islamabad to demand PM’s resignation

April 21, 2017

ISLAMABAD (INP): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday announced to hold a protest rally in the capital next Friday to demand resignation from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over the split verdict by the Supreme Court in Panama leaks case.

Speaking to media after a chaotic session of the National Assembly, Khan reiterated his demand that the Prime Minister must step down, following the apex court’s ruling that further investigation was needed into corruption allegations levelled by the opposition at the PM and his family.

Citing the dissent note by two judges of the Supreme Court, Khan said the PM had lost the moral authority to rule the country.

“Two senior SC judges [of the five-member bench] said the PM should be disqualified because he was no longer ‘sadiq’ and ‘ameen’,” the PTI chief said, adding that any other ruler in another country would have stepped down after these “historic” remarks.

“Nawaz Sharif no longer has the moral authority to be the prime minister. In any other country the ruling party itself would have demanded resignation from its ruler,” Khan said.

“Why is PML-N distributing sweets? What are they celebrating?” the PTI chairman questioned.

Khan said the PTI has never taken solo flight and invited all other opposition parties to join in the protest.

Criticising the formation of JIT by the Supreme Court to further investigate the prime minister and his sons over corruption allegations, he said it was not possible for the team to carry out transparent investigation if Nawaz Sharif continued to be the prime minister.

He said the institutions of justice have been paralised saying if these institutions had worked, the Prime Minister would have been arrested so far.  He said in democracy the prime minister runs the government on moral grounds.

Khan compared the current scenario with the UK where David Cameron quit after he lost the Brexit referendum, despite being elected with a landslide majority, because he lost the moral ground to lead.