Former PM urges Prime Minister to quit

WEB DESK: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senior leader and former premier Raja Pervez Ashraf on Sunday insisted on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation with a view to investigate the allegations leveled against his family in the Panama papers in an independent manner.

He stated this while talking to reporters after he was awarded with an honorary doctorate degree at a ceremony of the Open International University of Complementary Medicine, Colombo.

Ashraf said that other than the combined opposition, the PPP has a principled stance on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation with a view to ensure transparency in the investigations into the Panama leaks.

“On the issue of the resignation, other opposition political parties may have different opinions, but the PPP has a clear stance that he [PM] should step down till the completion of the investigation because he while in opposition had demanded my resignation, the former premier said while referring to an inquiry into alleged corruption in rental power projects during the PPP tenure and the demand made by Nawaz Sharif pertaining to his resignation.

“Nawaz Sharif used to demand my resignation when I was the prime minister, but now it’s his own turn,” he said, adding it was necessary to ensure transparency in the investigation into Panama leaks.

He also criticized the government for placing his name on the Exit Control List (ECL). “I am unable to understand as to why my name and another former Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani’s names were included by the federal government in the ECL,” he questioned, adding it was also necessary to know to what message the government is going to convey through such tactics.

“We are people who have sacrificed a lot for the betterment of the country…we don’t have anything abroad as we are true well wishers of Pakistan,” he said, adding it was none but the incumbent government of PML-N which allowed former dictator and suspect of treason case General Pervez Musharraf to travel abroad, allegedly on the ‘forged’ medical certificate.

He also advised the Prime Minister to review his government’s policies and take appropriate steps for the betterment of the country and the people. –brecorder