LAHORE: Former Chief Justice and Pakistan Justice Democratic Critic Party (PJDCP) head Iftikhar Chaudhry on Saturday asked resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over allegations of money laundering and owning offshore companies.
Addressing a press conference here, Chaudhry said that Nawaz Sharif (Prime Minister) was doing everything to save himself from accountability.
He also called for ruthless accountability. “No party in Pakistan stands for ruthless accountability,” he said. “Whether it be possessing financial wealth, properties abroad or tax evasion, everyone is involved seems to be involved in corruption,” he held.
“If the Prime Minister does not resign, then tensions will further rise,” he said. “Nawaz Sharif should hand over the Prime Ministership to someone else,” he added.
He said that the government was aggravating the already tense situation to rescue Prime Minister Sharif. “Nawaz Sharif is facing allegations of money laundering,” he said.
The former chief justice questioned the reasons behind prime minister’s reluctance to go to assemblies.
“Why don’t you go to National Assembly and Senate? Nawaz Sharif is scared of assemblies,” he said.
The former Chief Justice further said that the Nawaz-led Pakistan Muslim League N (PML-N) held a majority in the parliament hence Sharif had the option to make anyone the Prime Minister. “The Prime Minister is facing allegations of money laundering,” he said.
He, however, said that the PML-N government should complete its constitutional term, maintaining that the government doesn’t mean Nawaz Sharif only.
To a question, he said his party wants ruthless accountability in the country. NNI