Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said that he will respond to allegations leveled against him regarding his offshore wealth before questioning Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the same in parliament today.
“I will first respond to the allegations leveled against me in the parliament and will then ask Nawaz Sharif to clarify the allegations against him. However, I have yet to decide whether I will clarify the allegations in a press conference or in the assembly,” the express tribune quoted him as saying outside his Bani Gala residence here.
Famed cricketer-turned-politician who just returned home from his UK trip asserted of being accountable.
“I am not among those who level counter allegations on their opponents instead of presenting the facts before the nation. I will first clarify myself. In democracy, a leader does not put counter allegations. I am accountable to the people,” he added.
“I want to discuss everything before the prime minister in the assembly. This is a great moment for democracy and it will further improve the democratic culture in the country if prime minister responds to the questions of the opposition in the assembly, ” he said.
Talking about Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali’s refusal to form a judicial commission on government’s plea to probe the Panama Papers leaks, Imran said the opposition’s stance has been vindicated.
“Everyone knew the chief justice will reject the TORs presented by the government. The chief justice said the right thing. If Nawaz Sharif is serious and thinks that he is innocent then he should sit with the opposition and discuss the TORs,” he said.
The PTI chairman has last week admitted that he formed an offshore company in 1983 during his cricketing years in London.
He even admitted at London Heathrow Airport that he formed the offshore firm on the advice of his accountant to “avoid UK taxes”.
The leaked documents from the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama last month showed premier’s three children owned at least three offshore holding companies registered in the British Virgin Islands.
Following that the opposition last week prepared seven questions for the Sharif to answer on the floor of the assembly.