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Opposition rattles PML-N, renews calls for PM's resignation in parliament

Updated Apr 21, 2017 02:36pm

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PPP's Aitzaz Ahsan and Khursheed Shah speak to reporters outside Parliament House. ─ DawnNews
PPP's Aitzaz Ahsan and Khursheed Shah speak to reporters outside Parliament House. ─ DawnNews

Opposition parties on Friday ramped up the pressure against the ruling PML-N and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, demanding the premier's resignation with one voice and protesting yesterday's Supreme Court verdict on Panamagate in Parliament.

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), PPP and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) each held press conferences following a meeting of opposition parties in Islamabad.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan himself snubbed the huddle, heading over instead to the National Assembly (NA) where he announced his party's intent to hold a rally in the capital next week demanding the PM's resignation for the duration of the probe into the Sharif family's business dealings abroad.

Following the spate of critical opposition speeches, the PML-N appeared to be on the back foot as party leader Daniyal Aziz lashed out at opposition parties, saying that Maryam Nawaz's name had been cleared by the court in the Panamagate case.

Aziz also set his sights on Imran Khan, asking the PTI chief to issue a public denial that he hid his assets and engaged in tax evasion.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb called for caution in the aftermath of the verdict, saying agitation must be halted "otherwise incidents like Mardan and Sialkot will continue to happen".

Shah calls for postponing parliamentary sessions

A meeting of opposition parties chaired by PPP's Khursheed Shah and Aitzaz Ahsan discussed the ramifications of the SC verdict on Panamagate earlier today.

The opposition collectively decided to demand the PM's resignation and protest the matter in both the NA and Senate.

Opposition leader Khursheed Shah, while addressing the joint meeting, said: "Besides the government, every other party has understood the Panama case verdict."

"Today, the sessions of Parliament and Senate will be postponed indefinitely," Shah said, adding that opposition parties must vehemently protest in both the upper and lower houses of parliament.

'Soft hand on Sharifs': PPP rejects JIT

PPP lawmakers Aitzaz Ahsan and Khursheed Shah addressing a press conference following the meeting of opposition parties rejected the formation of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to investigate the PM's family, claiming that the Sharifs have links with the Inter-Services Intelligence, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, and the State Bank of Pakistan.

"How can an employee fairly investigate his employer?" Shah asked.

"We always asked the PM to refrain from resigning [in the past] for the sake of democracy. We always stood by Nawaz Sharif in the name of democracy," he said.

Senator Aitzaz Ahsan said it was a custom of the SC to "keep a soft hand on the Sharifs", but noted that the majority judges had rejected a letter from a Qatari royal submitted as evidence by the PM's counsel.

He said the PPP rejects the formation of a JIT which would include people who favoured the ruling party.

The PPP also rejected the SC decision to clear Maryam Nawaz before the formation of the JIT.

In response to a question, he said the PPP would form a new strategy to force the prime minister to step down.

'You think you passed the exam?'

Awami Muslim League (AML) President Sheikh Rasheed called for all parties to create "a grand alliance" against the government.

"You failed in two subjects and failed to clear the other three, and you still think you passed the exam," Rasheed exclaimed.

"It doesn't make sense that you [the PML-N] are distributing sweets even after you've failed," he said.

JI calls for PM's resignation 'on moral grounds'

JI's Sirajul Haq speaks outside Parliament House. ─ DawnNews
JI's Sirajul Haq speaks outside Parliament House. ─ DawnNews

Jamaat-i-Islami Emir Sirajul Haq called for the resignation of PM Nawaz Sharif "on moral grounds".

The JI chief framed the party's move against the sitting prime minister as part of its ongoing campaign against corruption.

"Nawaz's respect lies in resigning and conducting a free investigation into the case," he maintained.

"The SC verdict is not the destination, but a step forward towards success."

'Go Nawaz, go': lawmakers protest in parliament

Opposition lawmakers in the upper and lower house on Friday protested the Panamagate verdict announced by the Supreme Court a day earlier, with chants of 'Go Nawaz, go' echoing in parliament.

National Assembly Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi struggled to maintain order in the house as PML-N's Sheikh Aftab's speech during question hour was disrupted by MNAs registering their protest before the speaker's dais and staging a walkout.

Lawmakers tore up the agenda and shouted for the PM to step down during an investigation into his finances.

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Sixer From Chakwal Apr 21, 2017 11:20am

This is a right demand to PM to resign morally because two judges say you are liar and theif and 3 other judges also do not deny it but want more investigation so resign till the investigation completes.

Sajjad kamran Apr 21, 2017 11:30am

Yes. However, the rally alone won't do.

F Khan Apr 21, 2017 11:31am

Back to square one. Can't he wait for 60 days and try to work with JIT instead of dharna politics again.If he trusted the SC then he should trust it fully.If the SC did no send NS home then it means there were not enough evidence. IK said that he will accept the SC judgment. He should now walk the talk.

Haal Apr 21, 2017 11:31am

Stop it IK please you said you will accept the verdict and verdict has not removed the primeminister from his office or stopped him from working. Be a sportsman and respect the verdict and wait for the proceess to conclude.

Aslam bhutto Apr 21, 2017 11:41am

I salute this guy for his fight against corruption.....

Ahmed bin Babar Apr 21, 2017 11:47am

This doesn't serve any purpose because the (N) league shall remain in power. The protests should stress upon fair & fast JIT probe...

Joe Apr 21, 2017 11:52am

Wow. What a surprise! Another rally...

Arif Apr 21, 2017 11:52am

Seem that this guy dont have any other work except DHARNA and Rally.

Bitter Truth Apr 21, 2017 11:54am

Please IK, enough is enough.

i2i Apr 21, 2017 11:59am

Work hard to win the elections instead of keep begging for NS resignation.

Ali Rizvi Apr 21, 2017 12:02pm

Isn't it too early to call for his resignation for now, why not wait for the JIT to close its findings?

Majid Apr 21, 2017 12:02pm

That's a very fair demand. PM should immediately place his resignation until JIT completes its findings. And if PM comes out unharmed, he can again take oath as premier.

Zoheb Apr 21, 2017 12:14pm

Best statement by Sheikh Rasheed.. pretty much sums up the verdict.

HS Apr 21, 2017 12:23pm

IK should focus more on the 2k18 polls rather than crying otherwise probability shows kp going away from him

Asteroid Apr 21, 2017 12:24pm

Good Decision Fair demand by PTI .... After two SC judges remarks against Nawaz . He has no credibility to stay or represent country as PM...

amir khan Apr 21, 2017 12:52pm

Judges found an easy way to resolve it by asking JIT to do further probing.

Waaris Apr 21, 2017 12:58pm

Resignation of the PM is not the same as demanding new elections. All the opposition is asking is for PM Sharif to step down to ensure transparent enquiry into the fraud allegations. Every Pakistani would prefer the current assembly to complete its term.

Tanweer Apr 21, 2017 01:04pm

And the Party Crowd is active again.....

nac Paris Apr 21, 2017 01:04pm

I liked the heading of your article- OPPOSITIONS RATTLES PML- N. I don't believe Nawaz and his party can be rattled as they believe that they stand on a bomb proof foundation built with corrupt and arrogance resources.

shahzado bhutto Apr 21, 2017 01:04pm

The credit goes to Imran Khan...

Chishti Apr 21, 2017 01:07pm

Morally, everyone knows what needs to be done, so rallies will only add to the miseries of common people.

Haroon Rashid Khan Apr 21, 2017 01:10pm

Why can he not speak in the parliament. What is the use of parliament if opposition parties can not have a say.

BAXAR Apr 21, 2017 01:17pm

"You failed in two subjects and failed to clear the other three, and you still think you passed the exam," If someone fails in exam and still retains the job that requires to pass it, we should understand his joy. What matters is the job, exams come and go. Can these leaders have the gut to change that system, instead of stating the evident.

Muhammad Rana Apr 21, 2017 01:19pm

IK is just wasting time and forcing his party MNA, MPA waste their time which they could spend to work in their concerned constituencies - totally ridiculous strategy KPK is crying and they are wasting time

PKS Apr 21, 2017 01:21pm

Make it a short time bound probe. Global economy is in great stress now. Leadership crises is not good.

Sehzat Resul Apr 21, 2017 01:27pm

I have no idea why all opposition parties wants Prime minister to resign they can have patients for the next election if corruption approved by JIT people of Pakistan will not select him again why the hurry current situation in Pakistan is at a crucial stage don't give a chance to your enemy to create a kios.

Zealot Apr 21, 2017 01:28pm

If you would stop taking UTURNS,The Whole nation may support you.....

WISH YOU SUCEESS IN YOUR MISSION!!!

Moona Apr 21, 2017 01:36pm

Oh God! Can't you leave well enough alone? For God's sake do something constructive!

Fareed Hussain Apr 21, 2017 01:47pm

The reaction to the Supreme Court judgement Shawn by the party of government demonstrates how far down we've slid down the moral ladder. Anything short of an outright ban on being a candidate in future elections is celebrated as a victory for the PM and his family. It matters not to the supporters that their leader has been totally discredited by the court andis even suspected of criminality. I think it's moment of collective shame for us as a country that our leaders are devoid of any moral fabric. Certainly not a moment for rejoicing.

The end is near Apr 21, 2017 01:50pm

IK is right. PM Nawaz must resign at least for the period of investigation so that a corruption-free, fair and correct probe into Panama leaks case can be done.

The end is near Apr 21, 2017 01:59pm

@Haal free, fair and corruption-free investigation can never be done under this Government that is why IK is asking the PM just to temporarily resign for the period of JIT investigations at least. His demand is very valid and Pakistani nation also demands the same.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Apr 21, 2017 02:00pm

The opposition parties in this case are 100 percent right.

SAEED MASOOD Apr 21, 2017 02:03pm

PTI and JI are alright with their demand, but PPP ??? God save Pakistan...

Sameer Apr 21, 2017 02:05pm

Lawlessness prevails. Mariam Aurenzaib forgets it was Lahore that put on their banners for signaling a crusade first in case law prevailed.

Sameer Apr 21, 2017 02:07pm

@F Khan Honest JIT will be hampered if PM doesnt voluntarily go home for 2 months.

majid Apr 21, 2017 02:09pm

Ik just has got personal with NS, nothing more

majid Apr 21, 2017 02:10pm

@F Khan agreed

Amir Apr 21, 2017 02:10pm

@Ali Rizvi He is asking for the pm to step down so that the people under him whol will investigate him can do so freely. How are u people so blind to this fact?

Ali Apr 21, 2017 02:12pm

We salute this government for working for the people and we distributed sweets as well.

Zak Apr 21, 2017 02:18pm

Go away,go. End of the story.days of rampant corruption are over.

sabeeh ahmad Apr 21, 2017 02:23pm

@Ali Rizvi PM has been indicted by two honorable judges now. He has not in a same position when case started. He has no moral ground to be a PM.

sabeeh ahmad Apr 21, 2017 02:25pm

@Bitter Truth Its not Enough... Unless the corrupt PM doesn't step down IK should continue. We want to get these looters to be taken to task once for all.

sabeeh ahmad Apr 21, 2017 02:28pm

@Haal did you read the verdict. It clears does not give clean chit to PM. Two judges have indicted NS and three has give 60 days time to give trial of money. If he , NS, doesn't give a fair reply the three judges will definitely confirm the decision of two. So its not over...

sohail Apr 21, 2017 02:34pm

PTI is down to its old tactics. And let's not take PPP seriously, they don't deserve it.

RAZAA Apr 21, 2017 02:40pm

Have people given verdict to make JI head as PM then it's ok or People believe PAKISTAN is safe in NS HAND.

MN Khan Apr 21, 2017 02:41pm

Subordinates cannot investigate their boss. Except to say "yes sir" you are right.

ASIf kahsmiri Apr 21, 2017 02:41pm

I agree with this demand but rest asured - NOTHING WILL HAPPEN

Faraz Chaudhry Apr 21, 2017 02:43pm

These parties can take resignation from NS if they form a grand alliance on one point agenda ‘RESIGNATION OF PM’. IK should abandon the strategy of solo flight. Politics is a processes of inclusiveness and not exclusiveness. No party singly defeat PML N in Punjab.

asad Apr 21, 2017 02:46pm

ppp feudal should first abolished scar like quota system and give due share to majority community of sindh that is mohajirs.

dr rATHORE--through lens of-middle east Apr 21, 2017 02:54pm

WE DO NOT TRUST PPP THEY WILL UTILIZE THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR AN OTHER BARGAINING

QFNK Apr 21, 2017 02:59pm

If PTI stans with PPP, then sorry IK and PTI will lose all their credibility. If it's corruption they talk about PTI should also hold PPP goons accountable aswell.

Bilal khan Apr 21, 2017 03:02pm

Why are people criticising IKs dharna?? Have you forgotten it was his Dharna that got the Panama corruption to be investigated by the SC when all the other institutes like NAB FIA IB etc clearly refused to question their master Nawaz!b you people are unaware hence this is the state of Pakistan today!

Ak Apr 21, 2017 03:18pm

All those posting comments must know who is their ruler and what is he living off. Shame on a nation that accepts being robbed off their rights, money and morality

shoaib Apr 21, 2017 03:45pm

@HS - with this system 2k18 or 3k18 only liars and corrupt will win the election. As you not fooling yourself here.

Azmeen Apr 21, 2017 03:59pm

Typical Pak opposition. pity for common man, the AWAM.

khurram waheed Apr 21, 2017 03:59pm

Not happening

M.Saeed Apr 21, 2017 04:07pm

Beware PPP of what your de facto party chief has feared. He feared that, the quoted opening remarks of the verdict: “Behind every great fortune there is a crime”, was actually directed against him. That was the reason for his outburst against verdict in his press conference.

Javed Apr 21, 2017 04:11pm

Don't worry Mr.Prime Minister between you and your brother you have 100% control over 85% of the country, nothing to worry about.

iffi Apr 21, 2017 04:14pm

Khan sb deserves a big salute for his struggle against these corrupt untouchables ...

Muhammad Tahir Jamali Apr 21, 2017 04:22pm

Who is third richest man of Pakistan and how he made so big fortune.

iffi Apr 21, 2017 04:22pm

very just demand by opposition .... pm has not right to continue now

iffi Apr 21, 2017 04:24pm

@Javed aren't you satisfied with there loot & plunder in billions ?? do you want them to loot us in trillions ???

Muhammad Tahir Jamali Apr 21, 2017 04:24pm

Where Rs. 74 Billion gone, allocated for Sukkur development.?

shiraz Apr 21, 2017 04:26pm

It must be like 2014 and bigger in size. Now Ch Nisar has no respect, I saw his picture with corrupt leadership, you must have a redline.

shiraz Apr 21, 2017 04:27pm

@Aslam bhutto WE TOO.

ivehadit Apr 21, 2017 04:29pm

Zardari asking for resignation on moral grounds?

S. A. M. Apr 21, 2017 04:31pm

imran khan has lost the case but he has a strategic victory. he has succeeded in showing how the powerful can have anything in pakistan their way. amongst all these corrupt politicians imran khan appear as a shining clean person. he may never become our prime minister because of rigging and other such things but he definitely has won our respect for him. the dislike of shareefs has been taken to such level that without imran khans efforts this would never have taken place

salman Apr 21, 2017 04:48pm

@Bitter Truth IK enough is enough? What about PM who 2 judges have called a liar and all 5 judges have said he has not satisfied the court with his money trials and long stories? Should we not be saying please PM, enough is enough? :)

Iftikhar Husain Apr 21, 2017 04:48pm

The nation wants the resignation of the PM on grounds of his dishonesty to reveal his assets taken abroad and lying to parliament.

PINK PANTHER Apr 21, 2017 05:01pm

I never thought I will live to see the day when Imran Khan will stoop to the level and march hand in hand with Asif Ali Zardari. IK, your dedicated followers beg you not to take that path.

Shiraz Apr 21, 2017 05:07pm

@Sixer From Chakwal PM and his family must go.

Ravian Apr 21, 2017 05:21pm

In USA system is different but presidents have been impeached . FBI and justice dept can and do investigate ministers and president. In Israel sitting president was indicted. Let's see few good people doing their job.

Brar Apr 21, 2017 06:33pm

Day before yesterday Saikh Sahib was saying we will win 5-0 and all complainants were saying we Will honour the SC verdict can,t IK wait for sixty days.

Ilyas Gondal Apr 21, 2017 07:11pm

Politicians pick ups the things and interpret them according to their own interest to gain or retain power and malign the opponent. Everyone trusted SC and still the oppostition says there is a problem to be solved on streets. If this was the remedy then why to go to the court in first instance. Why cant the aggrieved party approach the SC and get the verdict of legitimacy of prime minister instead of becoming the judge and executor themselves. IK & PPP should go again to court or keep quite and let the people live a normal life until next elections.

Ali Apr 21, 2017 07:21pm

PM Nawaz Sharif must step down for 60 days for the duration of Supreme Court ordered JIT investigation. The FIA, NAB and FBR can't work under political pressure, as they had failed earlier. This is a fair and democratic demand which must be implemented immediately. No politician can be above the law.

Shah Apr 21, 2017 08:07pm

@PINK PANTHER ... Not only PPP and IK demanding resignation but all other parties...so they are not hand in hand but have a fair similar demand.

PremChand86 Apr 21, 2017 08:18pm

@Bitter Truth enough is enough seriously ??? What are you on about ? It's because of people like you our country has no future and is going a few years backwards. At least IK has tried to show us that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

PINK PANTHER Apr 21, 2017 08:30pm

@Shah Who else? Parties of no significance?

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Apr 21, 2017 08:32pm

Time is running short on Mr Nawaz league looters of the nation, come on Zardari you and you clan is next, get ready. Corruption biggest enemy of Pakistan.

Akhtar Apr 21, 2017 09:32pm

Opposition is scared of losing 2018 election.

Akhtar Apr 21, 2017 09:35pm

@Aslam bhutto You are so innocent, this guy is befooling you. All he wants is to become PM but not through election because he knows he cannot win.

missireallymiss Apr 21, 2017 11:35pm

@Akhtar certain opps are not a part to your group and don't fear any goofy I and I elections or power.

Akhtar Apr 22, 2017 06:38am

@Shiraz Why, just because you say so, people have voted for him and people are wiser and less emotional than you are.