LAHORE – Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) on Thursday filed a reference in the Election Commission of Pakistan challenging eligibility of Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif.
The reference has been filed by lawyers’ wing’s leader Advocate Ishtiaq Chaudhry. The FIR of Model Town incident has also been attached with the reference.
The reference states that Panama Leaks has proved that PM Nawaz concealed the assets of his children on purpose.
It says that under Article-5, PM Nawaz’s loyalty towards the state and constitution has become doubtful whereas under Article-6, hiding domestic and foreign assets is an act of treason.
The reference states that concealment of assets is a crime under anti-corruption act.
According to Article-62, PM Nawaz has not remained true and faithful, the refernce adds.
The reference has also mentioned the Model Town incident and has said that a person who is responsible for murdering 14 people and injuring more than 100 has no right to remain the Prime Minister.
The party has urged Election Commission to declare the PM as ineligible.
Similar references have also been filed by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
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Earlier in March International Consortium of Journalists studied a pile of documents that were leaked from the database of a Panama-based law firm by an anonymous source.
Panama Papers published the documents naming all the influential names in the world who own offshore companies. The paper did not allege any single one of them of evading taxes or establishing shell companies for illegal purposes.
However, it is a general perception that offshore companies are set up to evade foreign taxes on properties and assets abroad.
PTI among other opposition parties demanded the Prime Minister to resign for concealing assets and stashing wealth abroad.
It should be mentioned here that the Prime Minister does not own any company but his daughter and two sons were named in the paper.