Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif rejects graft report as 'slander'

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif rejects graft report as 'slander'

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif rejects graft report as 'slander'

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was fighting for his political future on Tuesday after a probe team found that his family had accumulated wealth far exceeding their sources of income, with his allies denouncing the findings and vowing he would clear his name.

The premier said it while chairing parliamentary party meeting of ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah has said Prime Minister must resign for the sake of democracy in light of charges levelled in the Panama case Joint Investigation Team's (JIT) report. Last year, the Panama Papers revealed that three of Prime Minister Sharif's children owned offshore companies and assets not shown on his family's wealth statement.

It is the fourth high-level meeting to take place since Monday when JIT submitted the report in Supreme Court (SC) on against Sharif family. "Should Nawaz Sharif resign because not a single allegation of misuse of public money has been proven against him?" she said.

Despite the fact that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), probing Panama Leaks, has concluded that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family not only concealed assets from tax authorities but also committed perjury by submitting fake documents to hide information, majority of the voters in PM's home constituency NA-120 still pose confidence in him, a survey conducted by Pakistan Today revealed on Friday.

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Meanwhile, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar rejected as baseless the allegations leveled against him about his finance matters.

But Sharif contended that the "controversial" JIT had submitted a report "based on accusations and conjecture" that reflected "animosity and malice". The bench had also ordered the attorney general that the federation may itself decide about constitution of commission to initiate inquiry and proceed against the person in accordance with law. While this piece of information may seem irrelevant to you - it turns out to be a key piece of evidence in a corruption investigation surrounding Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif.

Following the report, opposition parties, including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) demanded Sharif to immediately relinquish his office. Among those customers was Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter, Maryam.

Investigators believe that his family had more assets than they declared and faked documents to hide it, according to Reuters.

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