PM Nawaz will neither resign nor dissolve assemblies, PML-N decides after JIT’s report

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Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Without caring a whit about mounting political pressure after submission of final report by the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT), the PML-N has arrived at a decision that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will neither resign nor dissolve assemblies, local media reported.

It was decided during a high-level post Panama report meeting at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad on Tuesday.

[PDF] Panama case JIT full report to SC

The prime minister was also asked to challenge the report in the Supreme Court before July 17, a date fixed by the apex court’s implementing bench for the next hearing of the Panama case.

In the meeting, the participants discussed the party’s legal and political strategy following the submission to the apex court of a sensational  inquiry report apparently quashing the claims of first family.

PML-N terms JIT report as ‘worthless trash’

The PML-N’s legal team briefed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the JIT report. Participants of the meeting also discussed points of argument regarding the report that could be raised in court.

On the other hand, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Peoples Party chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari have asked the PM Nawaz to leave the office or face country-wide protest.

PM Nawaz Sharif must resign immediately, asks Imran

JIT’s Report

The JIT report, spread over 10 volumes, declared that the prime minister’s sons ─ Hussain and Hassan Nawaz ─ were used as proxies to build family assets.

The report said the financial structure and health of companies in Pakistan that are linked to the Sharifs do not substantiate the family’s wealth and a significant disparity exists between the wealth declared by the Sharifs and the means through which they generated income.

The JIT pointed out a failure on the part of the Sharifs to produce the required information that would confirm their “known sources of income”, saying that prima facie, it amounted to saying that they were not able to reconcile their assets with their means of income.