JIT-hit Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif seeks cabinet support

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Members of the parliamentary party overwhelmingly participated in the meeting, summoned to chalk out strategy in response to the opposition's calls for the premier's resignation following the submission of the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report in the Supreme Court.

The court will now decide how to proceed with the report and whether to call for a trial.

"The controversial report by the controversial JIT is a bundle of baseless allegations of our opponents", Sharif told his party men, who endorsed his decision by a huge applause.

Sharif mocked at the opposition and the media at the Cabinet meeting by saying his party, the PML (N), bagged more votes in general elections than the aggregate of those demanding his resignation.

The entire cabinet and other prominent members of the party were present in the meeting, in which the premier said that his conscience is clear due to which he will not resign and will continue to fight for the people of Pakistan till the end. He too has said all the business affairs were legal.

But Opposition parties repeated their demand.

She said the documents proved she was a "trustee and not the owner" of the properties. Sharif's son, Hussain, is also under investigation.


The crisis hit the Sharif family when the Panama Papers disclosed a year ago three of Prime Minister Sharif's children owned offshore companies and assets not shown on his family's wealth statement. "I will not resign on the demand of a group of conspirators".

The only problem: the document's date is from 2006, but the font of the text used in the document - Calibri - wasn't released until 2007.

"Dawn.com reached out to Lucas de Groot, the designer credited with creating the font, to weigh in on whether the font was available in February 2006 (when the document was signed) or earlier, as claimed by Maryam Nawaz supporters, or 2007, as claimed by pretty much the rest of the internet", read a Dawn follow-up report.

He questioned why no action had been taken against the prime minister so far.

The case filed by various petitioners Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan, Jamaat-i-Islami emir Sirajul Haq and Sheikh Rashid Ahmed sought disqualification of Prime Minister Sharif over his alleged misstatement in his address to the nation on April 5, 2016 and his speech before the National Assembly on May 16, 2016.

He had served as the prime minister from 1990 to 1993 and from 1997 to 1999.

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