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Raheel urges PM to resolve Panama issue

Updated Apr 19, 2017 07:56pm

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ISLAMABAD: Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif on Tuesday weighed in on the government-opposition row over the Panama Papers probe by asking Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resolve the issue at the earliest.

Gen Sharif, according to a well-placed government source, conveyed the pointed message to the prime minister in a one-on-one meeting before another huddle on national security at PM House.

The army chief’s view was that the protracted controversy over Panama Papers investigation was affecting governance and national security and, therefore, the issue needed to be urgently brought to a close.

“Gen Sharif believes that the issue is causing instability and insecurity,” the source said.

The crisis erupted after Panama Papers leaks revealed offshore financial assets of Nawaz Sharif’s children. Although the leaked documents had disclosed offshore companies of several other leading politicians, the opposition has been demanding that the probe should start with the prime minister’s family.

The government and the opposition have separately proposed their terms of reference for a judicial inquiry. Persisting differences between the two sides over how the probe should proceed is preventing the start of the inquiry.

Coincidentally, the Panama­gate unfolded as Mr Sharif’s government was embroiled in a controversy with the military over the start of counter-terrorism operations in Punjab. The government had initially resisted authorising a military-led operation in the province, which the army unilaterally started after the Easter Day bombing in a Lahore park. Later the army compromised and settled for a coordination mechanism at the level of the provincial government.

The government has been adamant that the prime minister’s family had not done anything wrong by investing in overseas companies, but looks panicky.

Due to frosty civil-military relations, a national security meeting could not take place for an unusually long time. The last civil-military apex committee’s meeting on national security affairs was held on April 4 during which civil-military impasse over the authorisation of military-led counter-terrorism operations in Punjab was discussed.

Tuesday’s national security meeting was presided over by the prime minister and attended by Gen Sharif, Interior Minis-ter Chaudhry Nisar Ali, ISI Director General Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

“Issues pertaining to national and internal security were discussed during the meeting. It reviewed the progress of Operation Zarb-i-Azb and return of internally displaced persons,” a statement issued by the PM Office said.

Without mentioning the news about Gen Sharif calling for resolution of the controversy over Panama Papers probe, it asked the media to “avoid speculation/flashing of news pertaining to unrelated issues and obtained through sources”.

Published in Dawn, May 11th, 2016

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Agha Ata May 11, 2016 06:33am

Is it the beginning?

Badar May 11, 2016 06:37am

Glad message was delivered to the PM. Hope he takes things seriously from now onwards

Sanjeev May 11, 2016 06:38am

Thats sufficient to prove Indian debators point on TV , what role army plays in Pakistan. Which is outrightly rejected by Pakistani participants....

Role played by opposition in India / USA or any other Democratic country is played by Army chief. There is nothing wrong to share concerns for country's better future by anyone, but never heard similar for other countries because army had role in different space.

Good luck Pakistan.

Basit Ali May 11, 2016 06:44am

The meeting was attended by the prime minister and attended by Gen Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali, ISI Director General Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Wonder who leaked the details to the press

Ayub May 11, 2016 07:04am

In the prevailing circumstances the country can not afford the blemished person to lead the government.

Kamal May 11, 2016 07:12am

Reminds me of starting of a song from film khalnayak - "co(up), co(up),co(up),co(up),co(up),co(up),co(up)....."

nauman May 11, 2016 07:14am

Nawaz has received one last warning. Resolve or it will be resolved for you.

Awaam May 11, 2016 07:26am

Perfect timing Sir. Raheel Sharif. God bless you

Majid May 11, 2016 07:29am

Naton stand wth Raheel

Zia May 11, 2016 07:43am

Logical end when Nawaz and croonies did not listen to people. He could have made history by accepting responsibility and resigning but now he has to get UAE visa this time as Saudi don't believe his lies any more. He begged them to save his life and then broke his agreement. Good riddance. I am eager to know what would he tell the guys in assembly or will it be replay of his earlier gibberish.

E.Lodhia May 11, 2016 07:46am

We salute you Sir for asking(telling) the Priminister to do the obvious as in any democracy.

Beyond Border May 11, 2016 07:47am

Military advises / orders Government and its citizens encouraging the move. Seems not a good sign.

Mian Amir Hakim May 11, 2016 07:47am

The matter of real concern in such circumstances is the silence of the judiciary. If it had acted there would be no need for the Army Chief to intervene. There is still time, but not much.

Maqsood Baloch May 11, 2016 07:57am

COAS efforts are praiseworthy, however, some elements in LEA by engaging in human rights violation in Sindh and Balochistan are not helping General's cause

babar May 11, 2016 07:58am

apart from the moral problems with panama papers ,I am not sure if Raheel sharif can technically say that to the Prime minister of the country …after all RH position comes under the Prime minister ,just saying …….

VivekXI May 11, 2016 07:59am

...Democracy will always be an illusion in this part of world.

RIP...Jinnah....:)...

Sohrab May 11, 2016 08:00am

Pakistan should come out of the closet and shun democracy for good, it is not a system suited for the country.

REALISTIC May 11, 2016 08:01am

The PMLN has brought it upon themselves due to their stubborn attitude. If you are leading a democratic setup.... You are answerable to the masses and you must answer them.

GAK Wazir May 11, 2016 08:03am

A good advice for the PM as the entire country has been hijacked by the Panama Leaks. Better to wind up the issue and let the government turn to other issues of national interests. The CJP needs to constitute a commission mandated by the federal government to investigate all financial ills.

isloo May 11, 2016 08:03am

Now, we have some hope. thank you sir, Mr. Raheel.

nuh May 11, 2016 08:06am

Mission Panama launched....

Revival of economy May 11, 2016 08:06am

All speculations,no body know what really was the agenda. But one thing is clear,they talk, and they talk after 1 month.And after the talks PM Nawaz Shareef nod to visit NA on Friday. Let us hope for the amicable best solution to the prevailing crisis.

Pakistani May 11, 2016 08:07am

Why only Shahbaz Sharif? why not all CMs? I thin it was National Security meeting?

harsh May 11, 2016 08:07am

Many Pakistanis are praising Raheel for his high profile political comments every now and then. But what is shows is Pakistani democracy has no roots or credibility.

Representatives elected by the people should only be answerable to judiciary or the people. An army general has no business making political comments. Raheels comments on Panama are not an honest advise, these are sheer opportunism to put the government under him.

In a democracy if a government does not perform, it will be booted out by the people but they have to wait for 4-5 years till elections happen. A country where the people cannot wait is not a democracy.

Abbas Naqvi May 11, 2016 08:08am

Gen. Raheel's assassment is correct. Lingering the Panama issue can cause instability and insecurity particularly when the govt and opposition have already locked horns over the crisis. Pakistan should have a transparent system of governance answerable to the nation. The recent campaign to bring accountability across the board is a positive step initiated by the army which should be followed by the administration without any hesitation. Pakistan must get rid of corruption if it wants to become strong, stable and secure and to march on the path of peace and progress. There is no other option.

Khurram Jadoon May 11, 2016 08:14am

Urges or orders?

Hassan Kamal May 11, 2016 08:16am

Our decent COAS is trying to resolve the issue in a decent way. PM should respect his kindness.

Asad May 11, 2016 08:18am

Cleans are only those who did not get a chance ....

A. Mirza USA May 11, 2016 08:23am

@Kamal that's brilliant!

GS May 11, 2016 08:27am

That's non of his business, but again this is about Pakistan !

nuzhat shireen May 11, 2016 08:39am

nation will celebrate if army chief wins the war against corruption.

Khan May 11, 2016 08:42am

Good job General, keep the pressure on.

Akil Akhtar May 11, 2016 08:51am

I think more than the issue corruption is causing instability and security threat to the nation.

Nomi May 11, 2016 08:54am

This is high time NS should come clean before the Pakistani Masses, and safe this country. At this hour of time, unity is needed.

Ibne Sina May 11, 2016 08:58am

The country is not Sharifov's personal property to waste its time, emotions and energy - and security. For material progress, the number of worries has to be reduced. As a matter of fact, one definition of material progress is the number of things/function that can be automated - so people can focus on other worthy challenges.

khi91 May 11, 2016 08:59am

@nauman

He has been warning. Nation doesn't want him to warn but take action

Asif Ahmed May 11, 2016 09:04am

It is a failure on part of the political machinery of Pakistan, which instead of leading other segments of the society is being chaperoned like a toddler.

It is the absence of vision in the political leadership that has created vacuum time and again for the army to intervene.

The Prime Minister will ultimately have to succumb to what he has been resisting; declaration of the money earned and why it is parked outside Pakistan

Sayyar Khan May 11, 2016 09:06am

Why is Pubjab CM in National Security meetings. I think other CM should be also invited or non of the CM should be attending this meeting.

Muhammad Taha Tariq May 11, 2016 09:07am

Well done Gen Raheel :)

Ahmad May 11, 2016 09:09am

nation stands with COAS

Akil Akhtar May 11, 2016 09:14am

Our politicians do not seem to understand what morals and responsibilities mean......especially when you are given the honour of a position to server the country.

Syed(Australia) May 11, 2016 09:17am

Gen. the nation is looking at you. The civilian government is totally impotent. Nation have great hopes from you do not leave us in these corrupt hands take the war ZarbeAzb to logical conclusion. Hit hard these financial criminals who have almost brought the nation to the verge of disaster. I salute your leadership. Please do not let the blood of young soldiers go in vain. Pakistan Zindabad, Pak Armed Forces Paindabad.

aisha May 11, 2016 09:28am

Theres no harm in removing NS and calling elections. That will not derail democracy. It will only strengthen it. Right now, Ik and the opposition can do nothing except demonstrations. Unfortunately in weak democracies that doesn't work. Yes, if NS is removed, others will know that its better to heed to demonstrations before the axe comes falling down from other places.

ak May 11, 2016 09:57am

Sounds promising. Great move.

Abid May 11, 2016 10:16am

Thank you Mr. Raheel.

Shaikh Salman May 11, 2016 10:26am

Thank you Raheel Sharif !!

Zain May 11, 2016 10:33am

No more TV speeches, No more JALSA JOLOS,No more beating about bush .Come Straight to the point Sharif Shb.

sal May 11, 2016 10:33am

The Army chief is a public servant and the PM is the head of the government, elected by the people. The Army chief has no right telling the PM what he should and should not do. It should be the people who will decide the fate the PM.

wasiim May 11, 2016 10:35am

Sir Mian Nawaz sharif...

prove everyone wrong & turn down all allegation they put on you.. by creating a fair Judicial council.

who will go after every single individual on our soil. Once you come out clean .. pakistan will again put you as their premier.

Imran AB May 11, 2016 10:36am

Raheel Sharif a great General but was no. 3 in line to become the CinC but chosen out of line by Nawaz Sharif. Now after all the leaks it seems every party has black sheep including but not limited to PPP, PMLN, PMLQ and PTI ........... Opposition has cleverly launched this move to avoid its own investigation and target Nawaz Sharif who has put himself in the weak position by his confusing speeches.

Sameer May 11, 2016 10:47am

Be ready for a change

kalhoro May 11, 2016 10:54am

Now they will respond to opposition and PM sb also address to parliament.

imtiaz syed May 11, 2016 11:00am

@Imran AB Allegation without knowledge. There are Aleem khan's and Jehangeer Tareen's offshore companies. At the time of submission of assets they had declared them. The point here is not that why Nawaz is so wealthy(May God give him more and more) the point is that he had not declared his assets. Keep in mind that the offshore company is not always illegal if you had declared them. When you dont declare them you avoid tax.

Mahmood May 11, 2016 11:05am

Now or never...And will Gen. Raheel step in to clean the house??

Ashi May 11, 2016 11:16am

Alhamdulillah! I am so happy to learn that the great COAS forced Nawaz to solve this issue. Good Days are indeed near :)

RJM May 11, 2016 11:25am

Boss has spoken!!

shuaib May 11, 2016 12:09pm

Time has begun for the betterment of our beloved country Pakistan, Pak Army Zindabad.

Arabian Sea May 11, 2016 12:25pm

There is a predictable outpouring of 'spontaneous' support in the comments columns but is this really a healthy development. I have no love lost for NS and his cronies who have made parliament a non-entity. However, it is no place for armed forces to telling off civilian governments. Any changes in the government should come in parliament not on streets through dharnas and not on the direction of the baton.

Saqib Jillani May 11, 2016 12:26pm

Casting doubts on prime minister who has done much for country progress ! Nawaz Sharif will respond to these wrong allegations

Anon May 11, 2016 12:32pm

General Raheel will save Pakistan from the corrupt and the terrorists. Inshallah.

50 Shades of Khaki May 11, 2016 01:32pm

I urge General Sharif to investigate billions of Rupees siphoned off in DHA Islamabad and Lahore scams. Corruption is proven in those cases - in the so-called Panama Leaks - it's not - not yet at-least

rahat May 11, 2016 02:03pm

Army is doing a very good job as far as war on terror is concerned and it should concentrate on that only. Parliament and political leaders will take a good care of Panama issue. People will not welcome any interference from the army in political issues and any such attempt will surely have a negative impact on the image of the army.

Vorshal May 11, 2016 03:55pm

Go, went, Gone!

Mo Ash May 11, 2016 03:56pm

Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation.

Atifete Jahjaga

Iftikhar Husain May 11, 2016 04:34pm

The General has given the right advive to the PM we hope he litsten to it. We also heard that the PM is evetually coming to parliament to clear his position.We also hope he also admits that there is a problem with corruption in his country and he he is going to tackle that.

muhammad May 11, 2016 04:50pm

NS has history. He lets the whole system collapse but wouldn't compromise on his interests. He thinks, if he is not in then nobody in.

sabeeh Ahmad May 11, 2016 05:28pm

This Message is great!!!! Appreciate it Mr Raheel . You are the only check on these politicians. Secondly please back up NAB as well. You should back this institution which would act as a check on politicians and also would help to control further corruption. A strong , independent NAB is needed .

Alam May 11, 2016 05:41pm

@harsh In South Asia democracy is still passing trough initial stages. Even India has not embraced real democracy. Either it is monarchist democracy when only one family can rule for most of the time. Father, daughter, son, daughter in Law and again son and daughter, What was experience of Rajiv Ghandhi when he became P.M. of largest democracy? He left his job to become P.M. or a person can become PM just preaching religious hatred. If you say they are elected by the Indian public then Indian voters need time to learn how to choose leaders while voting. Indian voters either vote to a family or to leaders who ride on religous divide.

dost mohammed May 11, 2016 05:59pm

We will never progress if the country is ruled by family. The bureaucracy is corrupted too, full of political coaching the corrupt politicians. The Army has many faults too but with this Chief, it should take the lead in cleaning up corruption from the top. Everyone knows this is an even more serious cancer in Pakistan than terrorism.

Sunny May 11, 2016 06:16pm

In a democratically elected govt, defence personal don't speak. They just work to defend country from foreign forces.

Saad May 11, 2016 06:18pm

Under the Constitution the amry chief works under the PM. How can he ask the prime minister to resolve anything? Only in Pakistan!

Spooky May 11, 2016 06:25pm

I am sure the PM knew from the day one what to do with Panama Gate issue but he wait to the last Minute. This is a serious issue but Mr NS did not learn from the past. Any bruise to democracy economy or security will laying on PM shoulder. How on the earth he is unaware of his children asset. He is expecting us to pay taxes but keeping away his kids from the tax bracket.

SYED HASSAN HASEEB May 11, 2016 06:29pm

it is sort of passing time and nothing else . remember last govt of nawaz if p.mush had not taken over it would have gone done completly. three yrs have passed govt is collecting money only and making foolish developments in which they get big commissions.

Arslan May 11, 2016 06:29pm

When Democratic governments start acting like dictators, then there shouldn't be any hue and cry over army over stepping. And Panamagate has become an internal security issue since the whole government has become paralysed by it.

Vijay May 11, 2016 07:02pm

Gen. Raheel a good soldier and a true patriot but has no clue how politics is down and dirty and why any Politician in Pakistan or rest of the worls will never suffer the consequences.

NT May 11, 2016 07:17pm

Nawaz Sharif waited to get yelled at by Gen. Raheel Sharif to resolve Panama Leak matter in a proper manner. Nawaz Sharif, the 3rd term PM never learns.

Jamil May 11, 2016 07:21pm

Honestly speaking our politicians have failed to serve the country.

Hashim May 11, 2016 07:22pm

Last nail in the coffin.

rashid May 11, 2016 07:24pm

@Basit Ali There are lot of staff member/secretaries present in all meetings to provide necessary information to their boss.

Khalid May 11, 2016 07:24pm

Gen Raheel Sharif must not let any corrupt politician out of the country with the money they have looted from poor Pakistani people.

Shafiq May 11, 2016 07:33pm

Real politically educated and trained people need to be motivated to come forward and serve the people. This traditional political style is totally obsolete and destroyed harmonious environment in Pakistan. People are divided and prevailing ethnicity weakening the country. There is a need to bring out new enthusiastic educated and middle class people in the politics and make a rule that no landlord, sardar, wadera, industrialist would be allowed to contest in elections.

Abdul Karim May 11, 2016 07:34pm

It is about time Mr. Nawaz Sharif explain about his family wealth. I wonder why Mr. Nawaz Sharif never thought about being truthful to reveal about his family's wealth in overseas companies in the past before such companies & wealth were exposed by Panama papers. Mr. Nawaz Sharif has something to hide???????? Why is he trying to dodge the question as to how he and his family got such undeclared and hidden from public view wealth in foreign overseas companies????? Mr. Nawaz Sharif never felt that Pakistan needed such an investment to better the lot of people of Pakistan?????

PakiForum May 11, 2016 07:36pm

It's evident that Army is very much concerned about what is happening in the country politics and wants a quick resolution.

To all my Indian readers, please be aware that Pakistan is a different country than India and army has a say.

parveez May 11, 2016 07:54pm

Democratic country needs honest politicians. No wonder the army has to step in, as always. This PM I wish he uses his brain, and do not make Pakistan a laughing stock.

H Chaudhry May 11, 2016 08:07pm

@nauman No one can warn an elected PM in this day and age.

Zardari May 11, 2016 08:15pm

I built the democracy stronger than Bhutto.... no one tried to ask me such kind of questions

Iqbal May 11, 2016 08:18pm

@Sanjeev
Indian debaters rants have less to do with presenting facts it has more to do with creating negativity and mass hysteria against Pakistan. If the PAK army elects to pass a message to an inept and corruption riddled government in the interest of the country, then so be it.

It's better than sitting on the side lines watching loot and plunder all in the name of 'democracy', whilst the country goes into a deep morass.

Umar May 11, 2016 08:33pm

@sal can't you read the comments? People want NS to face the music for his corrupt practices. Everybody is in favour of army chief intervention

Romm May 11, 2016 08:39pm

@50 Shades of Khaki Officers involved in DHA Islamabad and DHA EME Lahore Scam are behind Bars. Please check details before wasting space

Ahsan Gul May 11, 2016 08:52pm

This one is direct to our GEN Sharif. Sir Pakistan's respect in international world and it's integrity is on line due to this PanamaGate. True is that Greed can blind a person regardless of his believes but here we are talking about PM and Other prominent politicians involved who govern our country on a daily basis. We expect a little from a common person but expect a lot from a person of PM's status. If our leaders and politicians who govern us are not honest and forthcoming then How can we expect truth,honesty and love for Pakistan from a common citizen? PanamaGate matter requires a detailed protracted investigation and public will not believe civilians produced results. Thus, high military command needs to be get involved. Today, the only institution that public has trust and confidence is "Defence authorities" and that means You. Whole nation is behind army and you the top brass. Hopefully you will not let the nation of pakistan down. Respectfully

Sedhi Baat May 11, 2016 08:58pm

PM has properties in India too

Ehtesham May 11, 2016 09:09pm

Now can we make sure we see this trough to the end .... Thieves have no morality or conscience.....

raza khan May 11, 2016 09:14pm

looks like this will become nothing

Maqsood Ahmad May 11, 2016 09:24pm

@Basit Ali

Basit, you have good point....

AMIR AHMAD May 11, 2016 09:25pm

How many times do we need to tell you Raheel , Its all halal money. he already inform while talking to people of Pakistan 3 times.

Maqsood Ahmad May 11, 2016 09:26pm

@Hassan Kamal Hassan, the military is not to intervene in the civil matters and intimidate the civilian government. There are other institutions that should address the civilian govt. Parliament and judiciary has assigned role. Military is to defend the country if you want to save our beloved country.

The End is Near May 11, 2016 09:37pm

PM wanted to enjoy the whole 5 years making this and that Commission and wasting more time, but enough is enough. General Raheel sahib wants serious action now. Panama papers issue needs to be solved immediately because its the matter of pakistan's security and stability.

Zak May 11, 2016 09:39pm

@H Chaudhry when national security is concerned ,they can.

azkhan71 May 11, 2016 09:41pm

One small step for Army, one giant leap for Raheel Sharif to become head of state!!!

Abdulla Hussain May 11, 2016 09:42pm

Nawaz Sharif says he & his family has nothing to hide then why he is afraid of any type of inquiry that the opposition demands from him. If he gets cleared he will be in a win win situation. But "Daal Mein Kuch Kala Zaroor Hai"

Common Pakistani May 11, 2016 10:04pm

@harsh Pakistan has very complex political and international crisis which won't be understood by people sitting outside and making comments. We support our army as there is no other institution in this country which can check the democratic govt of their power and greed no matter how much power we try to give to the judiciary. We don't want army to step in but to keep control of important issues... and we are seeing positive results. We donot care what everybody else thinks as long as this is in our national interest. Pak army zindabad

Concerened Citizen May 11, 2016 10:08pm

@Sanjeev thanks for your wishes for Pakistan; not sure if we should accept the comments of non-intervention from all Indians on Bangladesh hanging its leaders story or your meddling in Pakistani matters.

Mustafa R. May 11, 2016 10:53pm

@Sanjeev;

In my book democracy is defined as will of the people. A vast majority of people are backing Raheel Sharif.

belal khan May 11, 2016 11:01pm

"Due to frosty civil-military relations, a national security meeting could not take place for an unusually long time" Really....

Mohammad Khan May 11, 2016 11:11pm

It should be resolved the money trails should be traced there are huge chances of money being used for Tertorism

Mustafa R. May 11, 2016 11:13pm

@harsh;

'Representatives elected by the people should only be answerable to judiciary or the people.'

Those who believe Nawaz Sharif was elected do believe that he is answerable only to the judiciary, however there are not very many of them.

javed May 12, 2016 12:39am

There is no role of the army but given the heightened tension internally, the Army Chief's advice to the Prime Minister is in place.

Frankenstein May 12, 2016 01:29am

As they say End justifies Means

Suchbaath May 12, 2016 01:58am

Finally the visit by Chief to PM house after Panama leak resulted in PM plan to visit National Assembly. What will happen on 2nd visit by the Chief to PM House?

Saeed Ahmed May 12, 2016 02:25am

It is not true that PM or his family members are clean, but it's true that he is elected PM. It is required that PM presents himself and family For investigation. Morally he should step aside voluntarily and appoint someone from his party act as PM.

This is an opportunity for Pakistani civilian and the legal set up to prove that they could play a mature role to save the democracy.

However, while I admire General Sharif's bravery and contributions to secure Pakistan from aggressions and terrorism, I totally reject his directing to an elected PM to do this or that. Let the legal setup work. The next step to be taken is by the Supreme Court.

We cannot afford another coup. After affects of the coup will have devestating implications on the existence of Pakistan, as this time is different and Pakistan has already used all of its cards to make coalition again with the opportunist western powers to hold on to power for another decade.

Amin May 12, 2016 03:25am

Why Shahbaz Sharif is there and other CMs are not there ?

saY May 12, 2016 04:39am

I can not understand how a government employee can tell the head of the government to fix it's issues? This can only happen in Pakistan. This is the only reason Pakistan is in a mess.

Zafar May 12, 2016 06:23am

@Sanjeev its because the so called democratic prime minister is not following the rules of the true democracy like western countries that you mentioned. Had he done the right thing and resigned like other leaders who were exposed in Panama papers, there was no need for the Army chief to intervene. There is no harm for the military leader who is responsible for the security of the state to share his security concerns with the prime minister of a possible unrest because of mr prime ministers actions.

Younus Khan May 12, 2016 07:24am

Good job

Xinyang Peng, Shenzen May 12, 2016 09:06am

@Alam : Your argument is weak. You acknowledge that there is no democracy in Pakistan and people like you have no say.

IB May 12, 2016 10:45am

PMLN is hoping that the issue will die as usual like any other scabndal by using delaying tactics and creating confusion through misleading propoganda. . Let's hope this time it is not brushed under the carpet as usual...

Rohit Singh May 12, 2016 05:14pm

Salute to Pakistan Democracy. Army chief recommending premier o political decisions.

ahaq May 12, 2016 06:10pm

Nawaz should act responsibly to save democracy in Pakistan. His stubbornness in the past led to years of dictatorship. He must step down and let an independent commission investigate Panama

martian May 12, 2016 08:47pm

@Basit Ali

Tamil Guru May 12, 2016 09:03pm

Why is the Court system or Judiciary not after the PM on this issue of corruption?. Why is the military getting involved in this issue?. Who is in charge ??