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I will resign if proven guilty, vows PM

Updated Apr 19, 2017 07:53pm

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in his address to the nation on Friday, said he will resign and go home if proven guilty by the Panama Papers probe.

"I challenge all those who allege tax fraud to come forward and present evidence. If charges are proved against me, I will resign immediately," vowed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The prime minister stated that a decision has been taken by him to write a letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, for the formation of a commission to probe the allegations levelled against his family and him.

We will accept the recommendations presented forth by the commission, added Nawaz.

"Once again certain elements are attempting to destabilise Pakistan in the wake of Panama Papers."

"Soon after the issue surfaced, I took the nation into confidence and ordered the formation of a judicial commission under the supervision of a retired supreme court judge," said the premier.

We have answered such allegations in the past and we will do it again, because we believe that as a democratic government and representatives of the people, it is our duty to answer these allegations, said Nawaz.

"The commission has not yet been established, but people have already passed judgments," stated the premier.

Nawaz added the incumbent government has always supported accountability, and has taken steps to make the taxpayers directory public on FBR’s website.

"When I was told that the details of assets of public representatives were removed from the election commission’s website, I took notice of the issue and asked Ishaq Dar to re-issue these details," elaborated the prime minister.

Nawaz reiterated that he is only answerable to the people of Pakistan, and not to politicians which indulge in point scoring.

He also requested the media to first confirm facts behind any allegations before bringing it to the public.

Commission's Terms of Reference

The federal government has written a formal letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan for setting up an inquiry commission.

The letter, written by the ministry of law, says the commission can probe the offshore accounts of Pakistani citizens, investigate current or former bureaucrats and would have the power to summon any individual.

The Commission of Inquiry shall have the following Terms of Reference:

  • To examine information relating to involvement of Pakistani citizens, persons of Pakistan origin and legal entities in off-shore companies in Panama or in any other country.

  • Involvement of former and present holders of public office in writing off their own bank loans or those of their immediate family members through political influence.

  • Transfer from Pakistan of funds which have originated from corruption, commissions or kickbacks, and to determine whether, in any case referred to above, any law for the time being in force in Pakistan has been infringed.

  • In case the answer to above is affirmative, to determine responsibility for such infringement, and to make such recommendations as may be deemed appropriate.

  • The Commission shall have powers under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 for summoning and enforcing the attendance of any person, including a tax expert or accountant, and examining him on oath, requiring the discovery and production of any documents, receiving evidence on affidavits, issuing commissions for the examination of witnesses on documents and requisitioning any public record or copy thereof from any Court or office.

  • The Commission shall have the powers to require any person, subject to any privilege which may be claimed by that person under any law for the time being in force, to furnish information on such point or matters as, in the opinion of the Commission, may be useful for, or relevant to, the subject matter of the inquiry.

  • Any officer not below the rank of a gazetted officer, specially authorized in this behalf by the President of the Commission may enter any building or place where the Commission has reason to believe that any books of account or other documents relating to the subject matter of the inquiry may be found, and may seize any such books of account or documents or take extracts or copies therefrom subject to the provisions of section 102 and section 103 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898, insofar as they may be applicable.

  • Any proceeding before the Commission shall be deemed to be a judicial proceeding within the meaning of sections 193 and 228 of the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860.

  • The Commission shall be assisted by all the concerned authorities of the Federal and Provincial Governments.

  • The Commission shall start the inquiry at a place and on a date to be fixed by it and shall submit its report to the Federal Government in accordance with its Terms of Reference.

  • The Cabinet Division shall provide secretarial assistance to the Commission.

PPP criticises the need for PM's address

PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira, addressing the media on Friday, said the PPP and other political parties will not let the matter of Panama Papers be forgotten.

"The government's method of dealing with any major issue is to let it play out, and once enough time passes and other important issues take precedence, the matter is forgotten," said Kaira.

He added that all political parties are in agreement and united on the issue of Panama Papers, and the government's tactic of diluting important issues will not work.

Yesterday, at a special sitting of senior members of the cabinet, advisers and party leaders, the prime minister expressed a desire to ‘settle this issue once and for all’, according to an aide who attended the meeting, Dawn newspaper reports.

In his April 6 address to the nation, the premier in an effort to calm the storm whipped up by the Panama Papers had announced that a judicial commission would investigate the offshore companies owned by members of his family.

A sombre-sounding prime minister said he had taken the decision because “fingers are being pointed at the business concerns of my sons”.

Since then, the PML-N government has come under increasing pressure to ensure a transparent investigation of the Panama allegations, especially after the Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif on Thursday dismissed at least six senior army officers on charges of corruption.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Anwer Zaheer Jamali is scheduled to travel to Turkey tomorrow on a week-long visit to participate in the annual ceremony of the Turkish constitutional court.

Justice Saqib Nisar will perform duties as the Chief Justice in his absence.

Panama leaks revelations

An investigation published April 3 by an international coalition of more than 100 media outlets ─ based on 11.5 million records and 2.6 terabytes of information drawn from the internal database of Panamaian law firm Mossack Fonseca ─ details how politicians, celebrities and other famous people use banks, law firms and offshore shell companies to hide their assets.

According to documents available on the ICIJ website, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's children Maryam, Hasan and Hussain "were owners or had the right to authorise transactions for several companies".

The data leak revealed the financial wheelings and dealings of over 200 Pakistanis, including the late Benazir Bhutto, Rehman Malik and other prominent politicians and businessmen.

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miristan Apr 22, 2016 04:42pm

King is always a King

Muhammed Ali UK Apr 22, 2016 04:44pm

All the public need and want to know is how you amassed Rs 2 billion without paying tax?

Gaz Apr 22, 2016 04:45pm

PM does not realise more and more people are becoming aware and educated and they can see right through him.

Mohammed Apr 22, 2016 04:46pm

The genie is already out of the bottle. NS can do a hundred speeches it will make no difference. The Nation is sick and tired of these politicians who feel no shame in telling lies with a smile on their faces. Pakistan needs a cleansing and there is no time like the present.

Tabassum Qureshi Apr 22, 2016 04:47pm

PM address, Dear Naïve Nation, Believe you me" We are the most innocent ever born". Pakistan Zindabad.

AAN Apr 22, 2016 04:49pm

no body wants to listen him can Pm answer how would have proceeding stated in case it was not his family involved we have recent example where EXACT was treated in very bad way what an irony!

Simple Apr 22, 2016 04:49pm

Take action/pass law against corruption. Activate NAB, FIA, FBR

Only words/speech is of No Use

commission seems a truck light

Anthnoy Apr 22, 2016 04:50pm

Reading through all the comments on Dawn, it does seem like that this govt is getting less and less popular but beats me how these leaders win every election and win with big margins...

Insaf Apr 22, 2016 04:55pm

You can run but you can't hide.

The End is Near Apr 22, 2016 04:55pm

Another Topi Drama. Nobody wants to listen to him and his speeches.

Mahmood Apr 22, 2016 04:55pm

I hope this is to announce his resignation and not more feeble excuses and justification

M. Malik Apr 22, 2016 04:58pm

From 2013 to 2014, his wealth increased by 700% to Rs 2 Billion or USD 20 million??

I would like to know if he made that much money trading Apple or Google stock or was he supplying all the steel for constructions projects all over Dubai??

Or was it some magic formula that we have not heard about??

Bonkers Apr 22, 2016 04:59pm

The allegations are not on his kids. In reality they are on the PM. The kids were students when these properties were bought. There is no reason for any kind of probe. Please tell the nation how, where, when you accumulated this much wealth to purchase these properties?Additionally, how the money was transferred from Pakistan to UK. PM's tax records do not support his lifestyle......

Salman Apr 22, 2016 05:00pm

Mr PM, we want to see some solid action, not interested in stories please!

Skeptic Apr 22, 2016 05:01pm

The whole game is to buy time so he can complete his term in office and quietly retire in the UK with his family.

I don't see how he will allow anyone in Pakistan to probe his family's fabulous holdings and offshore accounts. It will only open and Pandora's Box for him in Pakistan and a few other countries, where the taxes may have been evaded. Or worse, the source of wealth is suspect.

MindShare Apr 22, 2016 05:01pm

A commission to probe a sitting PM? It's bizarre to believe.

Shafi Apr 22, 2016 05:02pm

Why? Did Iceland and UK PMs address their Nations, answer is NO, simply step down Mr PM, return all the money and properties wherever in the World are in Sharif or any others name, this is the only acceptable solution of this crisis.

Shaikh Salman Apr 22, 2016 05:06pm

Who is interested? All we want to know when you are leaving this country for good

Mo Ash Apr 22, 2016 05:08pm

Mr Sharif needs to stop wasting time and order a requiste inquiry into the Panama Leaks allegation. It is imperative that the invetigation is carried out quickly fairly and impartially.

Most us alreday know that there is something might fishy about the whole affair as his own children's statements do not match. But we can not judge him on hearsay ; he has beeen elected as a PM therefore it is imperative that he proves his innocence.

Brave Man Apr 22, 2016 05:10pm

All delaying tactics

Shazia Bangash Apr 22, 2016 05:12pm

It is not enough that the CJP heads the Commission- - he must be authorized and advised to to hire the services of an internationally reputed forensic audit firm to investigate the paper trail outside Pakistan.

Strange Apr 22, 2016 05:12pm

Resign now

Skeptic Apr 22, 2016 05:12pm

@MindShare Why not?

The sitting PM of Brazil is going to be impeached. British PM is still being hounded for his mere 40,000 (30,000 pound) profit from offshore accounts. Iceland's PM resigned after being probed by just the press.

The former Argentinian president Kirchner is on trial for abusing her office and manipulating the budget.

Former President Bill Clinton was grilled by congressional committees, and the FBI, and almost impeached for lying about his affair with Monica Lewinsksy in the late 90s.

illiterate People Apr 22, 2016 05:14pm

All the crooks knows people are illiterate and as usual in couple of weeks they will forget all of this!

Real Zak Apr 22, 2016 05:17pm

I dont trust this person sorry.

DAWN Apr 22, 2016 05:19pm

Mr. PM dont address the Nation. If you really need to come clean first resign.Make someone else PM from your party. only then people can understand. otherwise PMLn is not winning the elections next time.

Good Apr 22, 2016 05:27pm

After this commission he will use delaying tactics in the name of Terms of Reference.

Hindutavi Rakshas Apr 22, 2016 05:28pm

He should avoid, he and his whole family does not know what to speak and how to speak.

YOUR NAME Apr 22, 2016 05:28pm

address to nation. wht address and wht nation. he and lyk him they just think every single pakistani a big fool and insane..

Hamaad Apr 22, 2016 05:28pm

If each Sharif family member donates a few million towards putting up power generating plants, the country can overcome its energy crisis.

Danish Apr 22, 2016 05:31pm

Resignation is not acceptable. He has to open his all business transactions and face trial.

Amir Apr 22, 2016 05:33pm

Commission to investigate a sitting PM? Don't waste our time. Just resign.

Then let the Commission do its work.

Hasan Apr 22, 2016 05:48pm

After seeing the previous comments I can only say that this country doesn't deserve democracy.

Insaf Apr 22, 2016 05:49pm

@Anthnoy Rigging elections.

R Hafiz Apr 22, 2016 05:52pm

Time to come clean Sharifs. The kids are only acting on your instructions and on your behalf.

Mahmood Apr 22, 2016 05:56pm

@Hasan I would say it is not that the country does not deserve democracy.

But rather, those who are using the figment of democracy to line their own pockets, don't deserve to rule this country.

Farhan Apr 22, 2016 05:57pm

The papers are so clear and gives details of bank records and entities. Sorry to say that people of Pakistan are not aware what their leaders are doing.

isloo Apr 22, 2016 05:58pm

Please no more foolish stories. People are not naive and now understand your games much better .

M. Malik Apr 22, 2016 06:00pm

History is about to repeat itself.

I am thinking as far back as 1976... to 1999.

jawaid Apr 22, 2016 06:01pm

Irony is that he does not admit to have done any thing wrong. His conscience is clean!!!!

Shaz Apr 22, 2016 06:02pm

Typical PML-N and PPP Mukmuka

Strange Apr 22, 2016 06:08pm

Just resign

Saadahgul Khan Apr 22, 2016 06:08pm

Mr Sharif,

No more lame excuses and delaying tactics. Just return your family assets to your poor country

Janjuah Apr 22, 2016 06:11pm

Misuse of state TV !

The Observer Apr 22, 2016 06:12pm

Address the issue instead

Moss Apr 22, 2016 06:15pm

It is all delaying tactics, forming a commission after a month, commission will take another 6-12 months ( as forensic investigation will take ages), the commission report will not made public, another march in Islamabad to make the report public, add another 6 months. The news will fade away, new tragic event will take its place.

End result?

Nadeem Apr 22, 2016 06:15pm

Drama after drama continues...

salman Apr 22, 2016 06:14pm

Get ready for another sob story...

Law of Cause and Effect Apr 22, 2016 06:15pm

Prime Minister must not be judged....let the courts decide ....

Musa Apr 22, 2016 06:16pm

I hope he announces his resignation; the right thing to do!

azaz barenis Apr 22, 2016 06:20pm

I,m sorry for the people of pakistan who got him elected time and again and now crying foul.

aslam shaikh Apr 22, 2016 06:22pm

A billionaire King wants to talk and we have to listen

Accountability Apr 22, 2016 06:24pm

General public is becoming much more aware of their rights. Public is watching their politicians very closely, if they are going to deliver on their promises. A strong public demands for accountability from all officials at all levels of the government is moving country in right direction.

The Outsider Apr 22, 2016 06:25pm

The problem is that Spain, Iceland, Brazil etc have strong and independent institutions. Leaders cannot hide because the truth will come out. In PK you do not have strong and independent institution.

Agha Ata Apr 22, 2016 06:31pm

Too clever for Imran Khan.

SM Apr 22, 2016 06:32pm

Please resign before the address, then present yourself for accountabilty. Its hard to believe how your assests expanded exponentially by legal means.

CURIOUS MIND Apr 22, 2016 06:33pm

Mr. Shreef do you think Pakistani's are stupid nation? Please do not test the patience of Nation, and stop your useless addressees, You should have been resigned by now.

GA Apr 22, 2016 06:35pm

Of course there was always deadly silence when Taliban attacks were common. I thought perhaps, just perhaps, the PM may have changed for the better.

Syed Ahmed, Canada Apr 22, 2016 06:35pm

Not a bad idea, besides his sons he has also been named as owner of two off-shore companies. It is not just clearing their name but to ascertain whether the money was earned abroad, where and how or the money was laundered abroad from Pakistan?

Dr Vimal Apr 22, 2016 06:36pm

The more you talk more you will reveal.

Faith Apr 22, 2016 06:39pm

@miristan wake up dude....

nuzhat shireen Apr 22, 2016 06:44pm

he is going to announce that he will donate all his wealth for education ,health sectors of this poor nation.

Ali Apr 22, 2016 06:45pm

PM Nawaz Sharif, the people of Pakistan await your second address to the nation on Panama leaks. You should "declare" all your and family's assets in Pakistan and overseas. Did you report all assets to Election Commission at the time of filing election papers? We need to know if tax was paid on such huge income? How was money sent overseas from Pakistan? Why did you need to open several offshore companies, as they are known for evading taxes and stolen money? This is the reason investigations are being conducted all over the world. Politicians must be accountable.

Luqman Hafeez Apr 22, 2016 06:54pm

My Dear Countrymen,

I would repeat myself as I always do, and even if you change your channel and call me names, I know you will still vote for me.

Pakistan Paind Abad Yours Sincerely

Nizamuddin Ahmad Aali Apr 22, 2016 06:57pm

This is called sweeping under the rug.

aamir ayub Apr 22, 2016 07:01pm

Behave like a civilise person. first think what u have done better for pakistan.

Ayaz Apr 22, 2016 07:03pm

He still has the nerves to address the nation that he continues to rob ....

Qamar Apr 22, 2016 07:03pm

Mr. PM let an honest inquiry be initiated.

Qamar Apr 22, 2016 07:05pm

Resign, and let this unfortunate nation try to find a better leader.

Muhammed Ali UK Apr 22, 2016 07:09pm

Elections 2016??

Muhammed Ali UK Apr 22, 2016 07:18pm

Democracy is in danger AGAIN..

Tariq, Lahore Apr 22, 2016 07:19pm

The only national issue facing our nation is the integrity of our leaders'!

Alien Apr 22, 2016 07:20pm

I am surprised by US and IMF why they are not demanding accountability as they are stake holders as well . How they will recover their debts from Pakistan if we have corrupt PM there.

Raised Eyebrows Apr 22, 2016 07:21pm

AGAIN!

Ghunch Gull Khan Apr 22, 2016 07:22pm

General Raheel Sharif actions against corrupt military officers has prompted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take preemptive steps to thwart any impending action against his family's suspicious offshore dealings.

Paklander Apr 22, 2016 07:22pm

Believe it or not Pakistanis will still vote for him.

shd Apr 22, 2016 07:31pm

How much time and sources our PM wasting appearing time and again on TV. Please we dont want your words but action. Just a waste of time..

Justice Apr 22, 2016 07:32pm

He must admit that he and his family members were involved in stealing country's wealth and money laundering. For the sake of Pakistan he should announced his resignation.

future Apr 22, 2016 07:34pm

Please Resign now. Stop insulting us.

Umer Enam Apr 22, 2016 07:37pm

I think by home he means out of Pakistan

Ahmed Saeed Apr 22, 2016 07:36pm

Mr PM you are above the law. Who in Pakistan can dare investigate anything.

VoiceOfReason Apr 22, 2016 07:36pm

He is trying to hide behind legalities. But your are missing the point Mr. Sharif. Nation wants to know how you managed to get all this money and how was it sent offshore.

Naseem Ahmad Apr 22, 2016 07:36pm

I would like to know where is home. I am sure that it will not be Pakistan.

Haider Apr 22, 2016 07:39pm

waste of time listening to him. there was no substance in his speech.

nadeem khan Apr 22, 2016 07:40pm

PTI is seeing a chance to revive..that is it. IK is oppurtunistic.

Zulfiqar Baig Apr 22, 2016 07:41pm

PM NS is just wasting time of the nation. On moral ground he should resign or confess his crime and bring back all the ill gotten money he sent to his kids abroad. PPP's Co-Chairman should also bring back all the looted money of the nation from abroad.

Ayub Apr 22, 2016 07:41pm

Commission to investigate the allegations against sitting PM would be a futile exercise. In reality the PM wants to buy time till new issue comes to surface and the old get forgotten. Ethically he should resign and then the commission to work impartially. It is his right to be heard and be accorded all possible opportunities to defend his case.

Ghani K Apr 22, 2016 07:43pm

" I will resign and go home if proven guilty" . Most ,and often repeated by our politicians. Even if a commission is set up , it will be years before commission come out with the verdict. In the meanwhile , Sharif will complete his term in the office. He is not going to leave voluntarily,

fawad Apr 22, 2016 07:45pm

@azaz barenis dont be sorry for those people who voted him in. Everyone knew that Sharif brothers and PMLN in general is corrupt but still voted for them. These people deserved all this.

Safdar Apr 22, 2016 07:45pm

Who has the guts and courage in Pakistan to prove you or your family guilty of anything....?? Hence you will get to rule by hook or by crook until 2018....

Dr Vimal Apr 22, 2016 07:45pm

Why will you go home if proven guilty? Why not jail?

naeem Apr 22, 2016 07:46pm

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!

Sarwar, USA. Apr 22, 2016 07:47pm

I thought he has made a judicial commission under CJ... What a waste of people, govt time and money.

watson Apr 22, 2016 07:47pm

People are not going to buy what the PM is trying to sell.An investigation has already been conducted by ICIJ which has been accepted internationally.

Javed Apr 22, 2016 07:48pm

Breath easy Mr. PM, you shall never be found guilty by the commission you appoint!

larka Apr 22, 2016 07:48pm

Excellent Speech.. Way to go NS.

Truth Apr 22, 2016 07:49pm

Commission to investigate a sitting PM? Don't waste our time. Simply declare Sharif family assets in the country and money stashed abroad in offshore companies. And declare your tax statements since 1993, when money started to be sent aboard to get the overseas assets. Also declare money trail, how nation's wealth was transferred abroad.

Basit Ali Apr 22, 2016 07:51pm

Nothing will happen everyone knows that. We have resigned to all this

Ali USA Apr 22, 2016 07:53pm

Please dont think that the entire country is ignorant, uneducated, and you can play with them for eternity. From where did you and your kids collect all this money? Does a common citizen this much money as well? It is straight simple fact. If you want to be the honest man, then return all the looted money to the people, and conduct a thorough accountability of every officer, government employee, politician including your family members, and the opposition parties equally. Step up to the plate and start with your family and your own TRUE accountability first. Rather than meeting Asif Ali Zardari in London to garner his support in this Panama papers leak situation, be the true man and face the truth. You can be way better than Zardari and his corrupt fellows. The world will remember you as an honest man and God will forgive you as well. But please stop this non-sense and dont make people fools.

Truth Apr 22, 2016 07:54pm

Stop fooling the nation. Please do not waste nation's time in diversionary addresses. Did British PM address his nation? Did Iceland PM address his nation? Simply resign and then a high powered commission may do investigation, if at all required.

MindShare Apr 22, 2016 07:54pm

Mr. PM your speech is quite disturbing, disgusting and tantamount to rubbing salt in wound of the nation in terms of corruption.

Omair Apr 22, 2016 07:54pm

All i ask is this.... Being a PM of the country.. How the hell can you invest and accumulate wealth and look after your business when you have the entire country's responsibility on your shoulder? How could you be able to focus on business in parallel and enhance profits while taking loans for our country and driving down the economy. It is not rocket science,

yousaf marri Apr 22, 2016 07:54pm

It is indeed a highly appreciable move by the PM and surely deserves our applause. We should refrain from being the judge and jury and should have confidence in the commission under the supreme court's supervision. Let time decide.

Jawad U Rahman Apr 22, 2016 07:55pm

If found guilty, one should go to jail not home.

proud punjabi Apr 22, 2016 08:00pm

Nawaz Sheriff was a super rich business even before he entered politics so his huge wealth is not surprising at all.besides is there a fair law for super rich people who has to pay tax same as common people?if they do so they will loose 40% of thier earnings which amounts to thousands of crore/year which will be unfair to them as they also generate job from thier businesses.so seperate tax structure for super rich is need of the hour.every countries super rich face the same issue be it in usa,europe,russia,india or pakistan.

M. Malik Apr 22, 2016 08:04pm

Nothing new. Just going around in circles.

Why does Media need to prove anything? It is for the investigators to look into all the records of his holdings abroad and trace all the sources of income. And to determine if he evaded taxes in Pakistan, and if the money was transferred out of Pakistan, was it through proper channels and declared??

Nadeem Apr 22, 2016 08:03pm

You first need to resign so the investigation goes transparent, that's the rule followed worldwide; i.e. if you are 'innocent', you would come back or, put behind the bars if proven guilty...Stop fooling the people!

Mahmood Apr 22, 2016 08:05pm

If found guilty... ??

I bet you would already be in KSA or UK before the report of the commission is issued so you can retire comfortably at your mansion near Hyde Park.

Nadeem Apr 22, 2016 08:06pm

@yousaf marri, It doesn't matter if CJP is heading the commission, the actual investigation is to be done by other Govt institutions working 'under' the PM, that can't go transparent unless PM is removed from the power for duration of investigation...What a joke this is 'a person in power will investigate allegations against himself'. How will that be transparent??

Desi Liberal Apr 22, 2016 08:06pm

Dear P.M! You cant Hide the facts ; links your corruption and bad governance to conspiracy against democracy. Across the board accountability is need of our. Please Resign and Establish a Technocrat set-up for necessary reforms and then go for Elections.

MindShare Apr 22, 2016 08:06pm

@Skeptic My apologies for the confused comment.

I fully agree with your points. Indeed, I wanted to say that how a sitting PM can be trusted to run a fair probe against himself.

Mobi Apr 22, 2016 08:06pm

Sir u will not go home if found guilty you will goto jail

Majid Apr 22, 2016 08:08pm

I will resign and go home if proven guilty. Umm..shouldn't you be going to jail if guilty??

PakiForum Apr 22, 2016 08:07pm

Dear Mr. Prime Minister please dont be naive.

Nadeem Apr 22, 2016 08:10pm

@nadeem khan, Very simple thing you are not able to understand: "Where did that much money of our dear PM come from and how did it get laundered to buy offshore companies?". Don't blame PTI for that!

nawaj Apr 22, 2016 08:10pm

stage set for something big!!!

Murtaza Apr 22, 2016 08:11pm

I will resign and go "Saudia"

CURIOUS MIND Apr 22, 2016 08:11pm

his speech giving an impression as he's giving a big favor to nation by writing the letter to CJ, infect he should have been done without any delay, he should of resign first.

Skeptic Apr 22, 2016 08:12pm

Why not resign to show some measure of integrity, rather than waiting until found guilty, and save yourself some embarrassment?

No self-respecting head of government would wait till proven guilty

Indian Apr 22, 2016 08:13pm

I will resign and go home if proven guilty, vows PM Nawaz Sharif

if you proven guilty then you need to go to jail and NOT home!

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Apr 22, 2016 08:16pm

Neutral, third party and independent historical data is testimony to the fact that unfortunately it is almost impossible in the "land of the pure" to prove a sitting Prime Minister as guilty of doing anything wrong including corruption, nepotism, fraud, dishonesty, misconduct or similar charges.

Sarah Apr 22, 2016 08:16pm

Time is up Mr Prime Minister, what goes around comes around !

sbk Apr 22, 2016 08:17pm

Nawaz Sharif sir, we are your supporters and we are with you.

Scary Apr 22, 2016 08:18pm

Great man, great PM. When you are not guilty you don't have to take nonsense from those who are clearly lying. All his tax returns are with FBR. Those who want to see it can see it. Those who say that times have changed and people are more educated needs to do only one thing to clarify for themselves. That is see with their own eyes and look at EVEDIENCE with their own eyes. You won't find anything on him. And I mean anything.

Jalbani Baloch Apr 22, 2016 08:20pm

The PM should voluntarily retire from of the PM for a certain period of time, until the Commission probes in the matter and its report is made to the public. If proven guilty, he should go home and face the music otherwise he can continue as PM with clean hands. By remaining in office, it is not possible for the commission to work independently. So, set the example and offer your resignation from the office of the PM until the inquiry commission delivers its report.

Aziz Apr 22, 2016 08:21pm

Is this commission going to be paid by our tax money? If so, why is it only investigating his children? Let him pay out of his own pocket to protect his children like we all do. Who is he to decide which individuals will the commission try prove innocent? My suggestions to Mr PM is to setup an independent body (not "commission") and give them enough power to question anyone and access to all documents. Their task would be to look at tax records of every individual mentioned on the list.

Ghunch Gull Khan Apr 22, 2016 08:21pm

Not so fast Mr. Prime Minister. You will have to step aside, return all assets siphoned out of country and punished according to the crime committed.

Shary Apr 22, 2016 08:22pm

Best address ever by PM.. way to go..

Law of Cause and Effect Apr 22, 2016 08:22pm

Innocent till proven guilty....let the court decide.

Remember he is three times elected Prime Minister....

M. Malik Apr 22, 2016 08:23pm

Just how many government officials does it take to write a letter to CJ? And how many weeks would it take to write a short letter?

Does anyone have access to e-mails, phones or able to go and consult with the CJ?

Khalid Baloch - USA Apr 22, 2016 08:24pm

I agree with GAZ, Mohammad and others. Can the PM tell why all the houses and properties are in his mothers name?. Is it because the Pakistan law stipulates - widow's do not have to pay taxes - so it is all free for the family. Please, please enforce the law to pay taxes. Get the private sector to pay taxes - how can a country keep on running on handouts?. We have IT geniuses in Pakistan - they are very capable of writing bullet proof computer programs. I know lot of work has been done in this respect but the water flows from the top.

Sher Khan Apr 22, 2016 08:26pm

Total useless speech.

Saba Nur Apr 22, 2016 08:28pm

Dear PM! That was quite emoti onal address. But all we need is truth only.

The Outsider Apr 22, 2016 08:29pm

Resign and go home? Oh no, he should be jailed, all his assets frozen if found guilty by a purely independent committee which was agreed upon by all parties.

M.Saeed Apr 22, 2016 08:29pm

If only someone could convince NS to have a look at the people's voice on these comments here! He would be much wiser

Gawal Mandi Ya Apr 22, 2016 08:31pm

PM Nawaz said, he is only answerable to the people of Pakistan and not the politicians? Mr. PM, with all due respect,the politicians are Pakistani, elected by the people of Pakistan, so yes, you are answerable to them too. But lets not forget here, there are other politicians whose names came up, they too should be part of the investigation, that also includes Benazir Bhutto and lets not forget Zardari, Rehman Malik and others. If we plan to settle this, and we intend for the justice to be served, than we must not only allow the retired Judge to investigate it, we should also bring in an outside firm, otherwise,justice will not be served, than the PM and others should not have any issue with bringing in outside help if they have nothing to hide, in fact, they should welcome it.

Tsriq Apr 22, 2016 08:30pm

How soon?

Naeem Apr 22, 2016 08:32pm

NS please tell us how Maryam became the owner of such wealth and how Hassan your son sends you over millions every year. Please make your taxes for the last 5 years public

Dr.Ashfaq Ahmed Mangi. Apr 22, 2016 08:34pm

You must resign before the commission 's decission. Like rest of the world have shone moral and legal duty tonation.

Mahmood Apr 22, 2016 08:35pm

Sorry, Mr. P.M, you've not only lost confidence of the people of Pakistan, but also the respect and trust of the entire nation.

Zain Abedin Apr 22, 2016 08:36pm

Nation stands with you PM.

Pakistan Zindabad!

sbk Apr 22, 2016 08:36pm

Is there any person in the world, who is in power, but still not used the power for personal gain? There is a proverb which says that the person who extracts honey from the honey comb, will definitely lick the honey sticking to his palm.

GAK Wazir Apr 22, 2016 08:36pm

Well done Premier of Pakistan. This is called beauty of democracy. Those believing in politics of confrontation must accept the commission demanded by them since the very first day. Let the commission do its job and the democratic forces join hands to strengthen the country.

Dr.Sadaf Apr 22, 2016 08:37pm

Very hard to believe .

pervez Apr 22, 2016 08:44pm

Please resign

Yasser Apr 22, 2016 08:44pm

Dear PM. If you had any tiny bit of decency you would have resigned by now. You should resign, clear your name and then re-contest the election. What is your family's wealth doing outside Pakistan. Where is your patriotism? Your children did not build an empire on "pocket money". So do not give us some nonsense.

shd Apr 22, 2016 08:48pm

If I proven guilty I will go home, That's funny isn't. You must go to jail then!! He still believe innocent. Just answer how your kids got such a colossal wealth at their child hood, where as your kind self just pay 5000 Rs tax in 90's and even no tax paid in some year. Whatever the commission finding would be, it is very clear that this huge wealth can not be hard earn money.

Naxalite Apr 22, 2016 08:48pm

PM should have resigned on moral grounds already!

Naveed Apr 22, 2016 08:48pm

Musharraf was right. He should've been allowed to stay on as a civilians to clean up the country.

Now all hopes are pinned on Gen. Raheel.

azam Apr 22, 2016 08:48pm

PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN - GET OUT ON THE STREETS AND DEMAND HE RESIGN. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY. GET OUT ..

IK is right Apr 22, 2016 08:49pm

IK is right as long as Wawaz is pm there won't be any justice, so he have to step down otherwise fooling poor!

Naveed Apr 22, 2016 08:51pm

who told him he can go home, if found 'guilty'?

Riaz Uddin Apr 22, 2016 08:55pm

Better you go home now so.that investigation into your alleged corruption may be carried out in a proper and transparent way.

Another issue of non disclosure of your assest before election commission at the time of election may also disqualify you to continue as MNA.

last comment Apr 22, 2016 08:54pm

It will not be proved and he will make more money happily ever after.

Kamal Pasha. Apr 22, 2016 08:57pm

IF PROVEN GUILTY, YOU WILL NOT GO HOME, BUT TO JAIL.

Good Apr 22, 2016 08:57pm

I thought your address was about answering those few questions which nation is asking every day!!

AMJAD KHAN Apr 22, 2016 08:57pm

Mr PM why you could not address the nation in one of your expensive suits wearing a nice golden Rolex watch you aquired during your medical check up visit paid by the taxpayors of Pakistan .At least people of this poor nation will FEEL GOOD looking at Prime Minister

M Mirza Apr 22, 2016 08:57pm

How did you get the money out of the country ?. Just explain that.

aamir ayub Apr 22, 2016 08:58pm

who demands PM resigns has no justification but looking bias by all means

Sal Apr 22, 2016 08:59pm

No Mr. PM. If you found guilty, you should go to Jail not home.

Shaukat Ali Khan Apr 22, 2016 08:59pm

Should go to jail, not home, if proved guilty.

Ghaznavi Apr 22, 2016 08:59pm

I think now everyone should get busy with their regular lives and let the probe complete. This applies to the PTI folks as well

Abby Apr 22, 2016 08:59pm

Mian sahab if you are guilty you should go to jail, why would you go home????

kaiser Apr 22, 2016 09:00pm

no Mr PM, you will not go home after being proven Guilty, you will go to JAIL!

izhar Apr 22, 2016 09:02pm

you should resign first

Pakistani Apr 22, 2016 09:04pm

Dear PM! Please correct the statement, "If proven you I should go to Jail not home". That's the dilema of Pakistani Politics.

Sameer Javed Apr 22, 2016 09:05pm

Regardless of what he say, unfortunately he has lost his value in the eyes of people.

Ansir.khan Apr 22, 2016 09:12pm

And who will be allowed to transparently prove that. He should resign and then let a neutral enquiry decide that.

sss Apr 22, 2016 09:15pm

All we need to know is why he is always in London and how has he come into a fortune close to 5 billion dollars according to several international sources.

Qaiser Jalal Apr 22, 2016 09:16pm

You are the best,master stroke. Way to go , we are with you and we believe in you.

salman Apr 22, 2016 09:15pm

@Ghaznavi Speaking against corruption is my regular life!

Usman Apr 22, 2016 09:17pm

Proofs and committees and commissions....

Nothing gets proven in Pakistan, regardless of how crystal the evidence is. Nawaz Sharif knows that ... and so does the entire nation.

salman Apr 22, 2016 09:18pm

@GAK Wazir They demanded a commission AND an independant forensic audit. Should they expect half of what they are offered?

Shan Apr 22, 2016 09:18pm

Guys when will he make his 3rd speech?

Ghunch Gull Khan Apr 22, 2016 09:19pm

Yeah, you will do a great favor by relinquishing power if found guilty. What a great sacrifice!

Tahir Lone Apr 22, 2016 09:21pm

Nawaz thinks if he is found guilty he can just resign and go home!???

In most civilized states.. a guilty is punished by jail time and fines.. but in pakistan.. he will go back to Raiwind Palace to live in peace what a joke!

Asad Apr 22, 2016 09:24pm

200 Corrupt Pakistani who are ruling the Pakistan more then 50 years.... Every Pakistani knows their reputation ... ... and again and again and again ..........they will support them ... Let them suffer ... it is Pakistani nation fault who let these leaders to control us ..

AA Apr 22, 2016 09:28pm

Dear PM, Let Raheel Shareef investigate this matter!

adeel zahid Apr 22, 2016 09:29pm

I will resign and go to PRISON if proven guilty not home SIR !!!!!

Alien Apr 22, 2016 09:30pm

What do you mean proven guilty .... Evidence is in Panama Papers ... It has proven Just Resign............

Vorshal Apr 22, 2016 09:36pm

Very passionate and dedicated appeal to the nation.

Vorshal Apr 22, 2016 09:37pm

@Muhammed Ali UK -- Success in business is a private matter, and it need not be shared!

AIZ Apr 22, 2016 09:38pm

We will see.....

Zak Apr 22, 2016 09:38pm

10 flats in Mayfair, London.whats there to wait for. Just resign now

Pandey Apr 22, 2016 09:40pm

You dont go home, NS. You go Jail if proven guilty!

Saeed Khattana Apr 22, 2016 09:41pm

May Allaah protect our noble leader and guide him aameen. And may Allaah Subhanahu wa ta'ala destroy all those who are plotting against our ruler and encouraging anarchy and fasaad in the land aameen.

Abdul Wahab Vazeer Apr 22, 2016 09:43pm

Mr PM if proven guilty why go home . GO to jail .

Shahid Apr 22, 2016 09:44pm

Justice is absolutely not possible against sitting PM and/or his family. Upright people excuse themselves while the matter is resolved by competent, capable and responsible authority. PM must resign until completion of the due process.

Taimoor Khan Apr 22, 2016 09:45pm

Panama leaks are not allegations, they are proven papers and authentic documents. More lies and more deception it seems.

Naveed,USA Apr 22, 2016 09:46pm

Has anybody been able to prove any before against you and Ppp? No!!!!!!! Because you do not let any body show the reality,every committee ,bench and commission are yours,or ruled by you they implement what is dictated to them by you guys. Panama lakes have provided proofs then which proofs you need further,Mr.PM? I bet you I paid more tax than you during 90''s decade while I was an odinary employee.

KKK Apr 22, 2016 09:50pm

you don't need to go home Prime Minister Sir, if you are proven guilty. You need to be in Jail

Khurram Apr 22, 2016 09:50pm

Can the honorable prime minister say on oath that he and his family have no business interests in India or wit Indian companies and individuals

Khurram Apr 22, 2016 09:51pm

Resign first investigate later

Khurram Apr 22, 2016 09:51pm

@Dr Vimal well said

Sacha Pakistani Apr 22, 2016 09:56pm

I find it very interesting that the PM has addressed the nation in at least two recent occasions to clarify his and his family's name. However, he is nowhere to be found when our citizens are killed in suicide attacks or when cities are wiped out during flood or natural disaster. Action speaks louder than words Mr. Prime minster.

concerned Apr 22, 2016 09:59pm

PM will resign and go home no punishment. Good bye... Only if proven guilty and we know that he will never proven guilty..

khanman Apr 22, 2016 09:59pm

one simple question you people are the master of steel business. why cant you make steel mill stand on its feet.thats your speciality.

khanman Apr 22, 2016 10:01pm

why dont you provide evidence that you are clean?

bkt Apr 22, 2016 10:02pm

It is a bold but unfortunate position to take. The PM may have cleared up his affairs in the Panama affair but there are lots of whistlebowers coming up nowadays and who knows what sort of leaks we will get in the future? The PM needs to get the PML N house in order first so that he can take the higher moral ground.

suchbaath Apr 22, 2016 10:03pm

If someone found guilty of money transferring illegally should be going home with lavish life? Or should be going jail for illegally moving money outside Pakistan, and forced to bring money back.

Tariq, Lahore Apr 22, 2016 10:08pm

Why waste public funds on formulating a 'Judicial commission' Panama leaks are living proof that your off springs have multi-million dollars in offshore accounts which the public know fully well they have no 'apparent means' of earning!

Ghunch Gull Khan Apr 22, 2016 10:10pm

Lady luck is always on his side no matter what happens.

Lahoribadshah Apr 22, 2016 10:13pm

Go home ? Where, Panama or London where your wealth & property is ???

NASR Apr 22, 2016 10:14pm

Mr. Nawaz Sharif the nation does not wants to know the health of the Panama companies but they are asking about the amassed wealth in those companies. Why you did not opened those companies elsewhere? Did you read about how the British have reacted to the investments of Cameron's father?

NASR Apr 22, 2016 10:18pm

Dear Mr. Nawaz Sharif your mockery will not fool the nation. You all have had enough of this nations wealth.

Kamran Ali Apr 22, 2016 10:21pm

He has done his homework and made good arrangements now he knows no commission will send him to jail. CJP please refuse to hold investigations till he resigns

Omar Apr 22, 2016 10:21pm

Sad thing is that ALL in power for the last 50+ years in Pakistan has flourished monetarily and earned and amassed enough to last well over 10 generation.Yet, they are helpless to solve budgetary constraints when it comes to procurement of railway engines,planes for PIA and getting steel mills profitable. It's not a coincidence that the financial health of state institutions and politicians/bureaucrats/top military personnels personal wealth are inversely proportional. Where is dharma against corruption, where is outrage against illiteracy.

Shahid Malik Apr 22, 2016 10:23pm

Well PM has fulfilled the demand of opposition and the government has written to the CJ to set up a commission to investigate all including himself. Now why the people do not wait until the commission performs its role. You can't condemn someone before he is proven guilty.

Mohammed Apr 22, 2016 10:23pm

@Saeed Khattana If you are talking about our real leader General Sharif, then I agree.

Rajat Deshpande Apr 22, 2016 10:24pm

more like go to jail if proven guilty, no?

Munz Apr 22, 2016 10:25pm

Aren't you home already sir? Or are you referring to your 'other' homes?

Baaligh Apr 22, 2016 10:28pm

In order to allow probe without any pressure it is always necessary that the accused first resigns.

aamir ayub Apr 22, 2016 10:30pm

PM has put his neck before the Supreme Court for the second time. A brave decision only a clean person can do it

Merchant Apr 22, 2016 10:33pm

And home is Saudi Arabia !!!

Ihsan Apr 22, 2016 10:34pm

Sir PM..your wordly speeches can eliminate the hunger of a poor. the nation don't want to listen your family's story..stop sucking of nation blood...which is already paralyzed.

M Kaul Apr 22, 2016 10:40pm

Mr Sharif says, If proven guilty I will resign & "go home "

He should instead have said , I will resign & " go to jail"

Ayesha Apr 22, 2016 10:44pm

If you're proven guilty, you're going home aka Adiala jail.

optimist Apr 22, 2016 10:51pm

You will not go home Mr. P.M. you will go to jail.

Ishrat salim Apr 22, 2016 10:53pm

The TORs are made in such a way that the commission will take 50 years to complete, if at all. So hamare hum watno hum phir aap ko mamoo banadiya.

Sarah khan Apr 22, 2016 10:53pm

PM became billionaire in a year..... still we need to prove him guilty.... ironical. ideally he should step down immediately. But als no one has impeccable record to take action against sharif and family

Abdulla Hussain Apr 22, 2016 10:57pm

"I will resign and go home if proven guilty, vows PM Nawaz Sharif"

Guilty don't go home, guilty goes to jail. Better Nawaz Sharif resign & choose another party member to become PM. After all two of PPP PM were removed as PM. Nawaz Sharif should form an inquiry commission acceptable to the opposition & public & wait for the inquiry result. The more he tries to convince the general public through speeches the more he will have to face media outburst. Panama leak is no joke, in a democratic setup the fact has to come before the public.

Strange World Apr 22, 2016 10:58pm

When proven guilty people go to jail not home.

Dr. Syed Apr 22, 2016 11:02pm

Firstly, accused can not order his own probe by his hand picked investigating team. Secondly, no investigative team will investigate a sitting PM without the fear of intimidation and reprisals. PM should go home for the period while investigations are being completed. This is the only acceptable way for democracy.

Shahid Choudri Apr 22, 2016 11:01pm

If proven guilty, why would u go home not in a Jail with rest of your family ?

ranger1888 Apr 22, 2016 11:02pm

best prime minister ever!

Awes Khan Apr 22, 2016 11:03pm

@proud punjabi I can't believe what you have just said. Mr. Proud Punjabi, do you know what is the difference between Income Tax, Corporate Tax and Wealth Tax ? Do you know the rules of corporate Taxation of Pakistan and how they are similar to all accross the world ?

If earned legally and declared and if it was a corporate revenue after Tax, turst me he could have kept it all his life and transfer it anywhere in the world and he wouldn't have to pay a single penny of tax in that country because of the Tax Agreements we have with most of the countries, UK being one as well. If it was earned legally, the properties wouldn't have been in the name of offshore companies. He would have legally transacted the money through banking channels, anyone can move millions of $ from Pakistan without any issue if it is legal money, and bought property on his or his children's names.

If you earn 100 rupees and have to pay 40 in taxes, why do you let people rob you of what is for your future gens

Neptune Srimal Apr 22, 2016 11:18pm

Go home??? If proven guilty he should go to jail!

Azhar jamil Apr 22, 2016 11:18pm

This address, is another fraud to the nation.

Khwarezmi Apr 22, 2016 11:21pm

Excuses, excuses, excuses.

It is never the individual in Pakistan. It is always families. When his children are involved in Panama-leaks thn it is the Prime Pinister him self who is involved in Panama-leaks.

Owais Mangal Apr 22, 2016 11:26pm

Proven guilty means Jail, not home Mr. PM

Syed Huda Apr 22, 2016 11:29pm

Same old drama. Nothing will come out of investigation. Judges will be cornered. Go right now and let the investigation takes its course.

Syed Apr 22, 2016 11:30pm

His wealth increased due to foreign remittance from his sons in UK which was transferred to Pakistan via proper banking channels.... The is no tax on foreign remittance.

Merchant Apr 22, 2016 11:30pm

PM being the main accused should not make any judicial commission. Such commission should formed by after forensic audit by international independent auditors have completed an enquiry according to the international laws and without influence from the ruling PM's party.

Gaz Apr 22, 2016 11:31pm

I listened and listened and listened for so long and then checked and just over a minute had passed. This guy has no charisma and puts you to sleep with his boring speeches yet somehow people still vote him.

JOURNALIST MOHSIN MANSHA ABBASI Apr 22, 2016 11:31pm

It's a clear stigma on the face of Respected PM, no needs for further addresses and clarifications in vain, I guess. Please Resign sir! You won't withstand.

M Jamal Apr 22, 2016 11:34pm

The truth is going to be unfolded. PMLN and PPP are in deep trouble.These two parties have looted Pakistan for last 8 years post Musharraf and 12 years pre Musharraf.

Muhammad Arif Apr 22, 2016 11:35pm

Which home, and why just home and not to Jail?

Noshin Apr 22, 2016 11:40pm

resignation alone is insufficient you must pay back in State's treasury if found guilty.....................

Zak Apr 22, 2016 11:40pm

@Paklander no they won't, but by rigging they will wangle their way in , despite not being voted for. That is why IK is fighting for fool proof voting system, secured from 'hayra pheyri'.

Pasha Apr 22, 2016 11:42pm

If proven guilty I will go to where my assets are invested

Khwarezmi Apr 22, 2016 11:44pm

Lots of excuses, no responsibility.

We all know it is family which matter and not individual in Pakistan. Like where did PM's mother get all the money to own an expensive house? Where did his children get the money when being just children to open companies oversea? Having your wealth in the name of ypur family is the world's oldest corruption trick.

Khurram Apr 22, 2016 11:52pm

Be fired and go to jail not home.

Parvez Apr 22, 2016 11:55pm

He said everything.......except what he had to say.

Rogers Evans Apr 22, 2016 11:57pm

To prove PM guilty. there must be impartial investigation. To do so, PM must resign and let the judge investgate impartially without any fear. Of course, PM put every account in his children;s names. So he will not be proved guilty. My question is the same to PM " Who paid millions in his children accounts "? Did the funds fall from sky like "MUN-O- SALVA ?" Nawaz Sharif in clever and thinks that Pak nation is stupid.

JOHN GILLANI Apr 23, 2016 12:00am

He will go home! Which home? He doesnt own any homes anywhere in the world. The only home left is "Jail".

SMI Apr 23, 2016 12:02am

Where is your conscience? Still adamant that you are inocent !!!!! You lied to the Nation and to the ECP. Your son lied on BBC check your lavaish life style how many families can survive with the expenditure you and your party members doing how many people did sucide along with their family because of poverty and you and your family member enjoying the lavish life style from the money you stolen from the Nation so many thing to write but you will never accept them

Muhammad Nauman Rafique Apr 23, 2016 12:04am

Innocent PM knows very well that this system with its weaknesses and a lot of loopholes can never prove that we are the ones who greatly contributed in weakening the fiscal roots of this Pak land .....

Gaz Apr 23, 2016 12:09am

Please someone point me towards his business success. He does not have any functioning businesses just shell companies

F S Apr 23, 2016 12:12am

Interesting to hear when he says provide evidence. Yet he never says he is innocent. Why?

Ahmed Apr 23, 2016 12:25am

Please resign. You have lost legitimacy and authority to rule your aziz ham watano.

Tambo Apr 23, 2016 12:37am

Conflict of interest demands that either PM should maintain his Premiership or ask his sons to quit businesses. Families of government officers are not allowed to indulge in business for the same reason. PM doesnot can influence and oblige people and make laws which can benefit businesses of his family.

AW Apr 23, 2016 12:40am

PM's brother is the facilitator since he controls punjab which is 70% of country's population. Basic morality requires that they both resign along with their family and the team which includes Dar and Asif etc. This gang along with the PPP gang has lost credibility for ever

H Chaudhry Apr 23, 2016 12:40am

@Khurram Why because you say so ?

Common man Apr 23, 2016 12:42am

@Anthnoy He win because he get votes from working class who do not waste time on social media

bauke Apr 23, 2016 12:43am

Sharif vows to go home. Where is his home? Dubai, London?

sammar Apr 23, 2016 12:45am

yea that's right he will resign and go home and never spend a day in jail cell for bankrupting and stealing our money

Tahir Kashmiri Apr 23, 2016 12:53am

Dear PM if PANAMA leaks are supposed to be basless than many other premiers in europe should not have resigned. Moreover, being a democratic PM u should accept and face the alligations levelled against u & ur family. Tell the nation how u managed to become billioniri as u were millioniri before 2013. Prove ur innocence or leave us.

Breaking Bad Apr 23, 2016 12:55am

If you are proven guilty then resignation would not be enough your highness.

Jamshed Apr 23, 2016 12:55am

@Ghunch Gull Khan This what you call the "homework" he has done in his recent trip to London.

MA Apr 23, 2016 01:10am

Hope Shareef family will not get away again....

Bilal Apr 23, 2016 01:19am

"I challenge all those who allege tax fraud to come forward and present evidence. If charges are proved against me, I will resign immediately," vowed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Reminds me of the time when Chaudry Nisar and Rana Sanaullah were asking for evidence against Maulana Aziz and Jibran Nasir sent them copies of FIR reports. Even after these FIRs were brought up by members of the parliament they were still asking for evidence and said no evidence has been provided and the whole thing faded out.

ali Apr 23, 2016 01:23am

If proven guilty, will go home..so the innocent will go behind the bar

Sid @Canada Apr 23, 2016 01:30am

@illiterate People I agree with your comment. Literacy rate in Pakistan is 50% , which means half the country has no knowledge of this situation. The other 50% who can read write but 90% of them do not understand these complicated political tactics that our Government is playing. So for the 5% of the people, who know themselves nothing will change, and they can't do anything either. People will forget in few weeks, once its not in the news. Its a drama on TV for a while, enjoy it until it lasts.

Shujaat Khan Apr 23, 2016 01:33am

How about resigning now and if proven not guilty have the whole nation supporting you for another term without elections.

Sohail Anwar Apr 23, 2016 01:36am

NS home is his place in Raiwind.

Abdul Karim Apr 23, 2016 01:42am

If a PM of a country is not willing to invest and trust his country than he cannot be considered a patriot of that country. Nawaz Sharif & family's reluctance to bring their foreign invested money for investment in Pakistan is itself a proof of betrayal. If PM Nawaz Sharif & family want to prove their loyalty towards Pakistani people, than they must invest their foreign invest money in Pakistan for the good of people of Pakistan. Pakistan needs investment in its economy and PM Nawaz Sharif & family must act in the larger interest of people of Pakistan. Investment and payment of taxes is an act of patriotism and loyalty towards people and state of Pakistan.

SyedChaudhryGangaDinKhan Apr 23, 2016 01:43am

That's fair. All the politicians should do that including Imran Khan.

Sajjad Apr 23, 2016 01:43am

@Alien - you have a point. How can IMF and other lending masters afford to invest in a country whose leaders are in serious lime light after panama leaks.

Noshin Apr 23, 2016 01:44am

@Mohammed 100 pc true

Caz Apr 23, 2016 01:46am

You will resign and be sent to prison when found guilty.

Noshin Apr 23, 2016 01:47am

i think he is inspired by Saudi monarch............

Jamshed Apr 23, 2016 01:50am

@Skeptic I hope you are right but that just cannot happen as other in family are getting ready to "lead" Pakistan and there is no shortage of people like his brother in next term and thereafter his sons in the hierarchy to continue.

Pakistani Apr 23, 2016 01:50am

Great leader, Mr PM, don't worry Punjab has elected you and will in future too.

gul shahid Apr 23, 2016 01:52am

If Proven Guilty Mr Dear Nawaz Shareef Sahib then you should not go home. There is a place called jail and that is the destination of proven corrupt people regard less of their status.

gul shahid Apr 23, 2016 01:54am

Commission to Investigate Commissions :-0)

s.t.h Zaidi Apr 23, 2016 01:55am

Go home!!!!!!!

pakbustard Apr 23, 2016 02:04am

People, please give him the benefit of the doubt. innocent until proven guilty

zarak Apr 23, 2016 02:05am

Ive heard this line many a times before.

Abdul Apr 23, 2016 02:17am

A rigged investigation will prove our PM is innocent and hey presto business as usual!

Pakistan First Apr 23, 2016 02:17am

Good job, its never too late. Its sad day cause PM has addressed the nation on TV thrice but not even visited National Assembly even once. How democratic is our democracy:(:(

Appun Apr 23, 2016 02:18am

Ok ... if proven guilty, NS goes back to London

Khawar T khyam Apr 23, 2016 02:34am

Same old rhetoric nothing new. Delaying tactics. He is trying to get away by talking politics and sacrifices his family paid.

Sajjad Ashraf Apr 23, 2016 02:37am

What about his illness for which he went to London?

I do not believe a word he says.

Salman Rai Apr 23, 2016 02:45am

No! if proven guilty, you'll go to Jail.

Anonymous Apr 23, 2016 02:59am

Why would you go home if proven guilty?

Muntas Apr 23, 2016 03:01am

Will go "Home" if found guilty??

K Alam Apr 23, 2016 03:06am

For Gods sake we are now fed up of your non sense stories. Please answer Panama scandal instead of diverting our attention in other DRAMAS and LIES.

Shan Apr 23, 2016 03:09am

Whose home? He doesn't have a home...

Hasan Apr 23, 2016 03:25am

@ Anthony, They ( PML-N)will win again because the majority of silent voters are not foolish. Just look at some comments, They just want PM to resign regardless of the enquiry. They like Dharna politics.But they will fail and PM will win again with big margin. We have never seen such big economic projects. Go ahead PM the vast majority is with you.

Merchant Apr 23, 2016 03:24am

There are fundamental flaws in NS statement. First, being the main accused he must not form a commission. Second, judges need evidence which can only be provided by proper audit of the alleged money laundering, Third, the commission must not be influenced by NS.

Razi Apr 23, 2016 03:26am

He should have resigned by now. Not sure what is on his mind.

SMZ Apr 23, 2016 03:28am

Sir, you spent millions and hired experts in tax evation, how can we the people bring evidence of wrongdoing, you need to tell us how your commisions are getting transferred to offshore accounts, from where your sons are transferring to you.

Ahmad Apr 23, 2016 03:36am

Finally a time has come and we will see a new Pakistan. Nawaz has to go now.

Mo Apr 23, 2016 03:55am

Just resign for adopting double standards. Asking other people to invest in Pakistan and you taking money from Pakistan to invest abroad. what a hypocrite.

aslam shaikh Apr 23, 2016 04:05am

@azaz barenis alternates are same or worse

Muhammed Apr 23, 2016 04:11am

Nawaz sharif has done so many other promises in the past that I dont take him seriously.

Ghaznavi Apr 23, 2016 04:32am

@salman "Speaking against corruption is my regular life!"

The guy has complied with the demands and is writing a letter to the Supreme court judge for investigation! In the meantime let the country move on.

Ahsan Gul Apr 23, 2016 04:38am

Mr. PM you are indirectly involved. You have your children invest on your behalf. Once again, don't underestimate public's intelligence please. HONORABLE way is for you to RESIGN.

N Apr 23, 2016 04:41am

If priven guilty why would he gohome and not JAIL??

Sachin Kale Apr 23, 2016 04:48am

Not Home Mr. Sharif, you will go to jail.

Zaheer Hassan Apr 23, 2016 04:50am

By the time the commission finds him guilty, it will probably be end of his term because the terms of reference for commission are such that it will take years for the commission to complete its investigations. It is nothing but a bluff to the nation. He needs to step down now otherwise the investigations may not be impartial and independent while he is still in power.

Zack Apr 23, 2016 04:51am

@Mohammed Extend General Rahiel Sharif's term and let him clean up the crooked politicians once and for all .

Zack Apr 23, 2016 04:53am

@Anthnoy Until land unless young people do not get up and rise against these theives no progress will be made and they will continue to tape the country .

Ghuncha Gul Khan Apr 23, 2016 04:54am

If found guilty, Mr Sharif would reluctantly accept punishment of going home to one of his luxurious mansions in Pakistan, KSA, UAE or UK while others found guilty are thrown in jails.

Naeem Aftab Apr 23, 2016 04:57am

Why go home if proven guilty, then you should jail

From USA S.A. HYDER, Ph.D. Apr 23, 2016 04:57am

@Muhammed Ali UK That is exactly how he amassed the billions !!!

Zack Apr 23, 2016 05:01am

Where is Supreme Court??

Lahoribadshah Apr 23, 2016 05:05am

Sorry guys I stand corrected at >$4 million Hers the source http://www.ibtimes.com/pakistans-poverty-multi-million-dollar-watch-1312611

Allahwala Apr 23, 2016 05:53am

@Anthnoy Because their parties do not elect their leaders. They just go by dynastic system.

MUHAMMAD IRFAN Apr 23, 2016 06:01am

Enough is enough, He should and all his family in government should resign now, to ensure impartiality and transparency of the investigation and what investigation when you are stashing money away and asking the commoners of this country to pay tax. Living here in USA, OBAMA would have resigned immediately if he was known to have accounts offshore. Hear it Mr. Prime Minister - it is time to go home, enough is enough, before it is too late and you and your family end up facing the wrath of the people. I hope and pray not.

sher Apr 23, 2016 06:07am

@Anthnoy these people dont vote

Rahul Mishra Apr 23, 2016 06:14am

Yeah it's been long there is no need oñ military coupe..long live Democracy

Sam Apr 23, 2016 06:14am

if proven guilty he also has to face the punishment like any other citizen for tax fraud. He cannot just resign and go back home

Naveed Apr 23, 2016 06:16am

Nawaz Sharif should resign. His defense of family Companies in Panama is untenable. The only reason people open Companies in tax Haven is to avoid taxation or to launder black money. Why would any one open a company in Panama? If business is legal money, you open Companies in legitimate position, which are subject to accountability. I would advise him to Resign and leave the country.

Naveed,USA Apr 23, 2016 06:27am

This is not your fault ,this is pakistani people's fault who elect you again and again. I don't know when they will wake up and stop electing the looters. Nobody catch prove and catch your corruption. You guys are obsessed with making money and nothing besides.A common man doesn't respect,value,and anything in Pakistan,what have you done for them. What your mega projects-Orange-trains,Metro-buses etc. will give to the poor who do not have sources to make their both ends meet.They have nothing to enjoy their lives. Why you all play politics on KALA BAGH DAM while everybody knows it is totally beneficial for all Pakistan in terms generating electricity and storing water????? Electricity cab be generated using coal and we have plenty of coal ,you not leader but misleader of Pakistan.

Alit Apr 23, 2016 06:36am

Okay have KPMG AND Deloitte audit the affairs of the shell companies and have them make their audit reports public.

Simons Apr 23, 2016 06:44am

Let us say you have paid taxes, all right. The question is you guys ask for loans and aid from USA, why not give your own money to Pakistan?

Muslim Medina Apr 23, 2016 06:46am

I think there is no need for inquiry into Panama Papers. Pakistani P.M. has already given the judgement and proved himself innocent. The Election commission has already said there are no foriegn assets of P.M. The inquiry will have the same result.

Farhan Apr 23, 2016 06:49am

Will the money come back to Pakistan?

Kamran Ali Apr 23, 2016 06:55am

Sir our honorable pm we don't want you yo go home. Just sell your homes abroad and one in Raiwind and deposit the money in government treasury and all critics will be quiet for rest of your many tenures

Shahzad Apr 23, 2016 06:58am

PM Nawaz Sharif's address was quite impressive. He has initiated the process of setting up a commission and presented himself and his family to be accountable, what else can he do.

Shahzad Apr 23, 2016 07:00am

@Muhammed Ali UK And how do you know that he has not paid the taxes?

Abbas Naqvi Apr 23, 2016 07:05am

The nation you addressed has already given its verdict that you resign and go. Pakistan has decided to rid itself of all corruption and corrupt leaders. Even in your 3rd term as PM you have failed to serve your people and continued to amass wealth at their expanse. Enough is enough.

Gullu Badsha Apr 23, 2016 07:39am

You have been proven guilty by the Panama Papers, please resign & go home. For God's sake leave us alone. We Pakistanis are fed-up with your unending corruption.

Gullu Badsha Apr 23, 2016 07:43am

@Anthnoy, it is slmple brother, Rigging !

Saad Malik Apr 23, 2016 08:20am

Nothing left to prove my friend...May be legally you are correct. But you have lost the moral authority.

stoic Apr 23, 2016 08:22am

I will resign and go home if proven guilty, vows PM Nawaz Sharif.... Shouldn't he be arrested and put into prison if found guilty?

Dawn Apr 23, 2016 08:26am

Home as in ME, Britain,USA...

Hussain Apr 23, 2016 08:28am

Home? You are not going "home" if you are proven guilty

Tamza Apr 23, 2016 08:31am

Where is your 'home' that you will 'go to'? Raiwind? IF it is shown that you 'stole' or 'laundered' Raiwind will NOT be yours.

Good job Apr 23, 2016 08:35am

If and after proven guilty,he still likes to stick to his post by heart,but his mind says he may resign. Already so many leaders linked to Panama Leaks have resigned although their investigating agencies are much advance than Pakistani investigating agencies,people of Pakistan view the frequent addresses of PM Nawaz Shareef as nothing except tactics to gain time just to prolong his government .

@sheikh Apr 23, 2016 09:04am

Nawaz has been looting Pakistani nation, yet is innocent.

Azhar Apr 23, 2016 09:09am

When proven Guilty he would be sent to jail not home like he is belieaves he would.

Deep Apr 23, 2016 09:22am

"I will resign and go home if proven guilty", vows PM Nawaz Sharif. It is clear that even if he is proven guilty, he will not go behind the bars but his home. Most likely the home that he is referring could be abroad.

naveed Apr 23, 2016 09:23am

I thought if u r guilty u go to jail not home.

Azhar Ghumro Apr 23, 2016 09:24am

Dear PM,

In case of high profile cases like yours, the burden of prove lies on the accused and not on prosecution. Instead of inviting others to bring evidence against you, you better concentrate providing the evidence that whatever money you have stashed in off-shore account does not belong to loot and plunder of public money, rather you and your children have hard earned it.

Similarly, you will have to provide the reasons for hiding it in off-shore, rather than bringing and investing this money in Pakistan.

As for as your promise that you will resign if proven guilty, you would not do any favour to us, as after conviction, you are not legally authorized to be PM for a single moment.

Baaligh Apr 23, 2016 09:28am

No. If you resign it would /may mean the end of your party's rule and in that case what would happen to ending of load shedding plans...and other projects .. You have ruled this country for so long and so why leave ? No chance that any one will dare to prove you guilty..... but even if proved guilty you may stick to power as this appears to be your last chance to rule.

Khalid Latif Apr 23, 2016 09:35am

"Once again, some elements are trying to destabilise Pakistan". Trying to destabilise Pakistan is a serious crime and amounts to treason and war against the state. How far has the government reached in apprehending those "elements"? Or is it the, often political harping? However, the foregoing only suggests that th PM and his family may feel destabilised, due to the ovious. It depends how seriously, uninterrupted and exhaustive the coming investigation into the mass corruption is carried out. We understand what species of political leaders and other wealthy and powerful people are made of. Their moral character is well known. We only hope that the inquiry results are fair. If any one is found guilty, only 'resigning and going home', may not be the only outcome.

Shaikh Muhammad Iqbal Apr 23, 2016 09:39am

Rather than wasting time in such futile activities, he should take serious steps to ensure a transparent investigation into the allegations made against him and his family members.

Abdul Hakim Apr 23, 2016 09:45am

International crime detecting agencies have clearly established PM Nawaz Sharif and his family hiding laundered money in Panama. Proper course of action for him is to resign immediately and allow the law take its course. He has chosen to defend the indefencible making it worse for himself

Whatacountry Apr 23, 2016 09:51am

Please make it a point he never said he would RESIGN.When it comes to my dear Prime minister please remember he will deny if you quote non verbatim. He said he would go home only.

DS Apr 23, 2016 09:52am

If you are proven guilty, then you would go to jail, not to your home....

Nr Apr 23, 2016 09:57am

If proven guilty then comes jail not home.

Mirza Aslam Beg Apr 23, 2016 10:05am

How about going to jail if proven guilty?

atif khan Apr 23, 2016 10:06am

Sir when some crime is proven people dont go home. it would be better if you had said i will face charges if proven guilty.

Lootgaye Apr 23, 2016 10:14am

@Simple Activate FBR? They should be deactivated. They are very corrupt. Only taxing the honest. 97% of all taxes are deposited by taxpayers voluntarily. FBR only gets 3%. 26 out of 29 FBI centers collect less taxes than the coat of that department.

Rehmat Apr 23, 2016 10:29am

Instead of asking for accountability for all, please be a true leader and offer yourself first for accountability, the rest can follow.

RATIONALIST Apr 23, 2016 10:40am

Let's wait for the Chief Justice's response.

Merchant Apr 23, 2016 10:46am

What more proof is needed? Panama documents are an international, independent, transparent and irrefutable proof of his involvement in money laundering. He has already delayed his resignation!!

aslam shaikh Apr 23, 2016 10:47am

Please specify which home will you go to and in which country?

Afsana Apr 23, 2016 11:29am

Our PM should have to give people job first because our youth is facing much trouble due to unemployment...

Desi Dimag Apr 23, 2016 11:37am

It's Pakistan and no one has been proven guilty. So enjoy you are privileged.

Mazhar Lakho Apr 23, 2016 11:39am

Army should never be allowed to interfere in civilian affairs under any circumstances.

vrpatil Apr 23, 2016 11:42am

Corruption is like a'Titanic Ship',everybody knows how many people boarded that.It doesn't mean that ,those who are not caught yet,are all sincere and honest.There should be a well laid out plan to root out corruption systematically from all spheres,otherwise it will end up in uncertainty & chaos

Allahdino M H Kango Apr 23, 2016 11:50am

@Muhammed Ali UK Wrong question. Public wants money back to Pakistan and cleared after deduction of all taxes.

Truth Apr 23, 2016 12:44pm

PM can deliver hundred speeches and it will make no difference. The Nation is sick and tired of these politicians who feel no shame in telling lies with a smile on their faces. Pakistan needs a cleansing and and at present it is a god-given opportunity.

Truth Apr 23, 2016 12:50pm

Address to nation - what address and what nation. Our PM and his colleagues just treat every single Pakistani a big fool and insane. Thus the nation is getting this treatment. It is so straightforward - the PM has to declare his family assets in the country and abroad, tax statements for this income and source of money for the purchase of property in London and other places abroad - what commission and what TORs - continue to fool the nation.

Azmeen Apr 23, 2016 02:57pm

Let the judicial commission set up and thoroughly probe the Panama leaks.

Iftikhar Husain Apr 23, 2016 04:48pm

Resign now to have an honest and fair investigation.

Yawar Apr 23, 2016 05:04pm

Good defensive tactics by going on the offense. Frankly, I don't care about a Aaeen ki Baladasti. But I do care about Jaan o Maal of the people of Pakistan. Let alone resignation, a guilty verdict calls for jail time, a hefty fine and confiscation of the wealth on which the proper tax was not paid.

JHATKA Apr 23, 2016 05:08pm

"If proven guilty" . It means he will not resign.

Zia Apr 23, 2016 05:18pm

His brother said same thing when scores of innocents were killed in Lahore and what happened? What is the outcome?

Zaid Apr 23, 2016 05:57pm

Why cant people wait and let their vote speak in the next elections instead of a trial by social media .

Dawn Apr 23, 2016 06:20pm

Why wait just resign.

Irfan Baloch Apr 23, 2016 06:57pm

Mr PM you should go to jail if you are proven guilty and disqualified for life

Agha Ata Apr 23, 2016 07:31pm

Sorry, Sir, if you are proven guilty you still can't go home; you will stay as the government's guest!

nnnn Apr 23, 2016 08:11pm

Dear PM! You will never resign even if you are proven guilty; this is the very of our politicians that they never accept that they are corrupt and guilty when they already know they are

Goga Nalaik Apr 23, 2016 08:48pm

Knowing Pakistani culture and politicians, I can put my hand in fire and bet thet Nawaz shariff will not resign even if proven guilty...

Let's wait and see

Usman Apr 23, 2016 08:48pm

@Anthnoy Exactly this is why we believe elections in Pakistan are rigged and electoral process should be made more transparent.

DAULAT UL EMAAN Apr 23, 2016 09:10pm

So cute.

khanm Apr 23, 2016 09:17pm

has anyone ever resigned over corruption charges in history of Pakistan. .he will indeed make the history written with golden words...