Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan once again demanded resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as an inquiry commission appointed by the Supreme Court is investigating allegations of corruption linked to the Panama Papers leaks. He was of the view that if Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid was told by government to resign so a fair investigation can take place then Prime Minister should also do the same. Imran seems more optimistic in his demand because no case is pending against Prime Minister and his direct name also did not appear in the Panama Papers, though names of his children were mentioned in the Panama leaks. He needs to understand that difference between allegation and evidence based criminal charges.
Case is in Supreme Court and the proposed Commission to enquire into revelations of Panama Papers has yet to finalize on terms of references to conduct the enquiry. If all parties failed to finalize ToRs than apex court will decide the scale of investigation. Court has to decide that Prime Minister should or should not be indicted, at the moment there are mere allegations against him. Considering these facts, Imran’s demand asking Prime Minister to step down seems absurd. Top court of Pakistan is investigation allegations of corruption in Panama leaks, let it judge who is corrupt and who is not.
There is no case pending against the PM and he has not yet been indicted for anything.