Beleaguered PM refuses to resign

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From Our Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet meeting, chaired by stressed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has categorically rejected the Panama joint investigation team (JIT)’s startling report against the Sharif family and termed the JIT findings a pack of ‘assumptions and allegations’. Addressing the high-level meeting, the premier vowed to ‘expose’ the plot behind Panama Papers fiasco targeting his family. The PM said: “The language used in the JIT report has a spasm of ‘dishonesty’.” He challenged his detractors, saying if they had any proofs of corruption against him and Shahbaz Sharif then they should be brought to light. Our family has been in business since 1937, said PM Nawaz. He called himself ‘squeaky-clean’, and vowed he won’t resign on anyone’s demand. The decision to convene the meeting of the cabinet was taken at a high-level huddle at the Prime Minister’s House yesterday (July 12), which was the third meeting since the release of the JIT report. The ruling party once again yesterday declared that the premier won’t resign and will challenge the content of the report in the Supreme Court. In a tweet, PM’s daughter Mariyam Nawaz Sharif resolved, “InshAllah PM will not resign. He won’t resign because no a single allegation of misuse of public money has been proved against him in his five- year in power.” However, the opposition parties on the other hand stepped up their campaign to exert pressure on the PM to step down. Addressing separate press conferences in the capital city, the Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders expressed apprehension that if the PM stayed in offence the democratic system would suffer.

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