‘No thief generally is a prime minister’, Shahbaz says after ECP report

‘No thief generally is a prime minister’, Shahbaz says after ECP report


Shahbaz Sharif calls for a probe be initiated in opposition to Imran Khan and his case be heard every day

By Web Desk

January 07, 2022

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif (L) and Prime Minister Imran Khan. — AFP/Twitter/File
Leader of the Opposition within the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif (L) and Prime Minister Imran Khan. — AFP/Twitter/File

Leader of the Opposition within the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif on Friday stated that underneath the Constitution of Pakistan and its legal guidelines, “no thief can be a prime minister”.

“Imran Niazi, who has been proven a thief and a liar under the law, must resign,” the PML-N president stated in a press release shared by PML-N on Twitter days after  a report of the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) scrutiny committee stated PTI hid tens of millions of rupees price of funds.

Shahbaz stated that the Constitution, legislation and political code of conduct dictates that PM Imran Khan step down from workplace. “The ECP’s scrutiny committee has said that Imran Niazi is neither honest nor trustworthy,” he added.

‘If legislation can apply to Nawaz, why not Imran?’

“A person who hides facts, steals, and lies, cannot hold constitutional, governmental or political office,” the PML-N president stated.

It is pertinent to say right here that after the report got here to the fore within the media on earlier this week, the PTI claimed it’s within the clear and has not hidden something from the ECP.

In his assertion in the present day, Shahbaz requested “if the law can apply to a popular leader like Nawaz Sharif, why not Imran Niazi?”

“If a Panama Papers JIT can be formed against Nawaz Sharif, and can be overseen by the honourable judges of the Supreme Court, then why can this not be done for Imran Niazi?” he additional inquired.

‘Country with out a PM’

He stated the nation is working “without a (real) prime minister”, and is being ruled underneath a “constitutional and legal vacuum”.

“[Pakistan has] no leader of the Parliament,” he stated, including: “Under the law and Constitution, Imran Niazi cannot decide on the country’s affairs.”

“After the ECP scrutiny report, any decision that is made cannot be considered constitutional or legal,” Shahbaz stated.

‘Daily proceedings have to be held’

The PML-N president demanded {that a} probe be initiated in opposition to PM Imran Khan and his case be heard every day — like in opposition to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

He stated equal therapy underneath the Constitution and legislation is a basic tenet of Pakistan’s legal guidelines and one which have to be fulfilled.

“The ECP’s scrutiny committee has charged Imran Niazi and his party under the law,” he stated.

‘IMF deal, mini-budget have to be reviewed’

The Opposition chief additionally demanded a evaluation of the cope with the International Monetary Fund and the supplementary finance invoice, termed by the Opposition as a “mini-budget”.

‘Those named within the overseas funding case should resign’

He additionally referred to as for all these named in ECP’s report back to resign, and for authorized motion “without delay” in opposition to 4 PTI staff, as effectively all others concerned in accepting overseas funding for the occasion.

‘Will converse to the Opposition’

Shahbaz stated he’ll “speak to the Opposition” concerning the “grave constitutional vacuum” that the ECP’s findings have led to.

“All parties and workers that have faith in the Constitution and the law will have to play their part in bringing Pakistan out of this constitutional vacuum,” he stated.

‘Danger for Pakistan’

Shahbaz stated that additional investigations are wanted into which different overseas entities donated to the occasion and that particulars of PTI’s worldwide accounts have to be delivered to the fore.

“The people who accepted illegal funds from non-state actors and companies are a threat to the nuclear power that Pakistan is,” he stated.

The Opposition chief stated that had such revelations come to gentle in a western nation, the prime minister there would have already resigned.

Shahbaz stated on web page 92 of the report, “it is mentioned that from 2009-13, PTI hid 53 bank accounts”, whereas disclosing “only 12 bank accounts to the ECP”.

He stated that the State Bank of Pakistan’s data to the ECP revealed that PTI had a complete of 65 accounts.

‘Shocking info’

A day earlier, PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz lambasted the PTI-led authorities for receiving overseas funding and stated PM Imran Khan must be answerable to the individuals for his “wrongdoing”.

Speaking throughout a press convention after a gathering of the PML-N in Lahore, Maryam stated that PTI resorted to “misdeclaration” of funds “upon the directives of PM Imran Khan”.

Making the same demand, Maryam stated: “Just like a JIT (joint investigation team) was formed against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, a similar JIT must be formed to probe PTI.”

“All accounts owned by the PTI must be publically declared,” she stated.

PM welcomes ECP report

However, on Wednesday, the day after the report got here to the fore, PM Imran Khan welcomed it and stated that the method mustn’t cease right here, and the accounts of extra events have to be scrutinised.

“The more our accounts are scrutinised, the more factual clarity will emerge for the nation to see how PTI is the only political party with a proper donor base premised on proper political fundraising,” the prime minister stated.

The prime minister stated he was wanting ahead to seeing related ECP scrutiny experiences on the funding of two different main political events — PPP and PML-N.

“This will allow the nation to see the difference between proper [political] fundraising and extortion of money from crony capitalists and vested interests in exchange for favours at nation’s expense,” he stated.

The report

The scrutiny committee’s report lays naked the contradictions in particulars offered by the PTI to the ECP and precise figures.

According to knowledge offered to the committee by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), PTI has 26 financial institution accounts.

From 2008 to 2013, PTI disclosed funds price Rs1.33 billion to the ECP, whereas a report by the SBP exhibits the precise quantity to be Rs1.64bn, the report stated.

PTI didn’t disclose particulars of three banks within the documentation offered to the ECP, it added.

It said that round 1,414 corporations in Pakistan, 47 overseas corporations, and 119 potential corporations offered funds to PTI.

PTI obtained $2.3448 million in funding from the US, however the scrutiny committee couldn’t receive entry to the occasion’s US financial institution accounts, the report stated.

Of these to have contributed these funds had been 4,755 Pakistanis, 41 non-Pakistanis, and 230 overseas corporations.


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