ISLAMABAD: The Opposition started giving a tough time to the ruling clique in Parliament today (Friday) by raising the demand of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation following Supreme Court’s verdict in Panama Papers case.
The Parliament’s upper house met today at 10: 00 am and lower house at 10:30 am. In both the houses, heated debates begun after opposition chalked out its strategy.
The opposition parties had decided to protest in Senate and National Assembly sessions to press the ruling PML-N.
Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah was allowed to speak. He completed his short talk and prayed to the chair to allow Imran Khan to speak. However, Khan was denied the time. This triggered the protest and boycott of the session.
The PPP and PTI lawmakers raised slogans demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign from his office. Tearing apart the copies of the agenda, the opposition staged a walkout in protest.
In Senate, only Azam Swati, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Chief Siraj-ul-Haq and Aitzaz Ahsan gave their reaction to the ruling of Panamagate scandal case.
Meanwhile, Imran Khan spoke to reporters outside the Parliament and announced a protest rally in Islamabad next Friday (April 28).
Earlier, a meeting of the opposition parties was chaired by Leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah, who was of the view that the PM has lost the right to stay in the office.
Shah said the opposition parties are on the same page for Nawaz Sharif’s resignation.
Yesterday, in its historic decision, Supreme Court ordered Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to investigate Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s corruption and his family’s alleged offshore assets revealed in Panama Papers.
However, the PM was given reprieve as the apex court ruled that there was not yet sufficient evidence to oust him from power.
Soon after the court ruling, Imran Khan, PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari, Jamaat-e-Islami chief Siraj-ul-Haq and former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign for the duration of an investigation into how the Sharif Family’s money was transferred to Qatar. – Samaa
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Story first published: 21st April 2017