Panamagate about power, not accountability: Talal

Panamagate about power, not accountability: Talal


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Talal Chaudhry on Tuesday declared the Panama case saga a ‘game of power, not accountability’.

“Those who could not become ministers or prime ministers are sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with the court. This [Panama case] game is not about accountability, it’s about power,” said Talal, as he lashed out at opponents while addressing media on day two of the Panama case hearing by the Supreme Court.

Taking aim at the JIT, the PML-N leader said the team collected incomplete and faulty material.

“The JIT itself kept violating the law,” he alleged.

“The puppets of this conspiracy are Imran Khan and his nephew Bilawal,” he said.

“Bilawal says he will get the PM to resign. Bilawal, you are a child. Even the [big and powerful] couldn’t obtain resignation from the PM,” Talal added.

Taking aim at Imran Khan, Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, reminded the audience that the assets of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief had been seized by the court.

“The next elections will reveal his true doings,” Chaudhry said.

PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz said Imran Khan was a proclaimed offender and that is why he was not appearing in the court.

“This is why he [Imran Khan] has not been submitting replies in courts and Election Commission of Pakistan,” he said, adding that the entire ‘drama’ was being carried out for the 2018 elections.

The three-member special Supreme Court bench hearing the Panama Papers case observed on Tuesday that it would examine all the material and then decide on disqualifying the premier or sending the matter to an accountability court.

Addressing the special implementation bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, the Sharif family’s lawyer Khawaja Harris said the court, in its April 20 judgment, had not ordered for reopening of any case against Nawaz Sharif.

Harris claimed the JIT also included a probe of ‘assets beyond means’ in its investigation and went on to answer 15 questions instead of the original 13.

Justice Ijazul Ahsan observed that a number of issues are related to the court’s 13 questions, adding that the money trail of the London properties is a complicated saga.-Web Desk