PM should step down forthwith: opposition

ISLAMABAD: Leaders of opposition parties have said that PM’s resignation is not only the demand of one party but it is a unanimous demand of all of the opposition parties.

“Two out of five judges of the Supreme Court already believe PM should be disqualified. If one more judge rules for the PM’s disqualification then [we will hear] ‘Go Nawaz Go’ [chants] from the Supreme Court as well,” said PTI leader Babar Awan Advocate, while speaking to media during the apex court’s hearing of Panama case post-JIT report.

Awan asserted that the entire nation has full confidence in the Supreme Court and its proceedings in the high-profile case.

“We trust the Supreme Court. The entire nation, the PTI, the lawyers, everyone stands with the court,” he said.

PTI leader Naeem-ul-Haque reiterated the call for PM’s resignation, calling the PM a “blemish” on Pakistan’s name.

“PM violated the Constitution and the public’s trust. He lied to the cabinet, his family, and the entire public,” he said.

“The Supreme Court’s decision in the case will be a beacon of guidance for the coming generations,” he added.

Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid — one of the petitioners in the original Panama Papers case — addressed the media saying the entire nation stands behind the apex court. “I’ll first see what the court says before submitting another petition to disqualify Nawaz Sharif,” he said.

PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi said PTI is among other opposition parties that are demanding the resignation of the prime minister. “The government’s strategy since day one has been to delay the proceedings,” he said.

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq, one of the petitioners in the case, said there is no hidden agenda here, the nation only wants a corruption-free country. “Nawaz Sharif has to go now, there is no other way. We want no one in Parliament who does not adhere to articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution,” he said.

The Parliament did not do what it was supposed to do, which is why the Supreme Court had to do it, said PML-Q President, Chaudhry Shujaat said.

Talking to media at the premises of the apex court, he said no objections against the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) have so far been filed.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family are involved in corrupt practices, said PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry, adding that the entire country is facing a crisis because of one man.