Pakistan

LAHORE – Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan showed his willingness to join any grand alliance of opposition parties, including the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), on the Panama Papers truce on Wednesday.

Talking to newsmen in Lahore, Imran expressed that the alliance would solely be for Panama Leaks, and brushed aside any possibility of contesting upcoming general elections jointly.

When asked about his comment in the aftermath of PPP Co-Chairman Asif Zardari’s return and the announcement regarding contesting elections, Imran diverted the question adding “Like every ball is not played during batting, I am leaving this ball.”

An optimistic Imran expressed that he wanted to see whether PPP actually played the role of opposition this time adding that both the parties remained in power between 2008 to 2013.

The legislator said that since the 2013 general elections, only the PTI had been playing the role of true opposition despite having fewer members than the PPP.

The PTI supremo went on to say that the upcoming Chief Justice Saqib Nisar should be given full opportunity to work adding that they wanted him to restore the confidence of people in the judiciary.

“This nation is yearning for justice,” Imran said.

The cricketer-turned-politician said that he was disappointed with the previous bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali because they did not finish the Panamagate case nearing completion.

Mr Khan said his party throws weight behind Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar’s proposal that the National Accountability Bureau’s chairman should be appointed through the judiciary.

“How can Nawaz Sharif and Opposition Leader Syed, Khurshid Shah appoint the NAB chairman when both of them are facing corruption charges?” he argued.