Published On: Fri, Apr 29th, 2016

I have already taken nation into confidence over my assets, says PM Sharif

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that his political opponents are unduly making hue and cry over Panama scam, claiming that he has already declared his assets.

In a meeting with national assembly members, the PM said his government has completed “record number of development projects” during the last three years.

The PM expressed these views in separate meetings with Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Alam Daad Lalika and Mian Najeeb Uddin Awaisi.

The Prime Minister said 10,000 megawatt of electricity would add soon to the national grid. “It will not only end power outages but also provide cheap electricity to the consumers.”

“World institutions are also recognizing the economic strides made by the country. Inflation rate has also witnessed growth while foreign exchange reserves are standing at record level,” he asserted.

Nawaz Sharif said he has already taken the nation into confidence about his assets but some elements are still restoring to negative politics on our positive steps.

He said the decision taken to form the commission under the supervision of Chief Justice of Pakistan as per the demand of the political parties.

He regretted that the opponents again changed their stance on the matter and doing politics on hollow slogans.

Nawaz Sharif is under tremendous pressure from opposition to step down since his family members were named in the mass leak of offshore account data from the Panama firm Mossack Fonseca.

To probe the Panama Papers, the PM has announced formation of judicial commission under Chief Justice of Pakistan, but the opposition is not satisfied with terms of references (TORs) for the commission.

Gerard Ryle, director of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), Thursday denied the news reports that the global network mistakenly mentioned the name of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in its news stories.

“We have not made any public statement in regard to this at all. The prime minister’s name was not mistakenly mentioned in the story,” he said while speaking in Samaa’s programme “Nadeem Malik Live”.

Declaring the news reports as “wildly misleading”, Ryle also dismissed the claim that ICIJ tendered an apology over the issue.

“No we have not issued an apology. I have been reading those news stories, they are wildly misleading” the ICIJ director said.

When asked to comment if the ICIJ said the prime minister is controlling the off shore properties registered on the names of his sons and daughters, Gerard said: “I am not saying that at all…that’s not we are saying, all I’m saying is that the public interest here is the children have companies that are linked to property in London”.

When asked as to what exactly ICIJ is doing to contradict the news story, he said: “We have not issue an apology, we have not issued any statement. The only thing we have done is just updated the news story to reflect the fact more clearly that the companies are owned by the children of the prime minister.

The ICIJ director said that they contacted the families whose names were mentioned in the documents to get their comments on the issue.

“We have gone to the family for comments, if they wish to comment. No one can dispute the facts as the documents are internal records of the company Mossack Fonseca in Panama that were used to set up their off shore companies,” he added.

News Source Samaa

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology