Pakistan, Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in his address to the nation Today, said, “I shall resign and go home if proven guilty by the Panama Papers probe”. “I challenge all those who allege tax fraud to come forward and present evidence. If charges are proved against me, I will resign immediately,” vowed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The prime minister stated that a decision has been taken by him to write a letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, for the formation of a commission to probe the allegations levelled against his family and him. We will accept the recommendations presented forth by the commission, added Nawaz. “Once again certain elements are attempting to destabilise Pakistan in the wake of Panama Papers.”
“Soon after the issue surfaced, I took the nation into confidence and ordered the formation of a judicial commission under the supervision of a retired supreme court judge,” said the premier. We have answered such allegations in the past and we will do it again, because we believe that as a democratic government and representatives of the people, it is our duty to answer these allegations, said Nawaz. “The commission has not yet been established, but people have already passed judgments,” stated the premier.
Nawaz added the incumbent government has always supported accountability, and has taken steps to make the taxpayers directory public on FBR’s website. “When I was told that the details of assets of public representatives were removed from the election commission’s website, I took notice of the issue and asked Ishaq Dar to re-issue these details,” elaborated the prime minister. Nawaz reiterated that he is only answerable to the people of Pakistan, and not to politicians which indulge in point scoring. He also requested the media to first confirm facts behind any allegations before bringing it to the public.