ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Monday filed a reference in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for concealing assets of his while and children.
The reference was filed by the Latif Khosa, Secretary General of PPP, saying the premier concealed assets of his wife and children, lied about his income in his tax returns and sent money abroad through illegal channels.
He also filed references against Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, lawmakers Captain (Retd) Muhammad Safdar , Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Hamza Shahbaz.
The reference says “Keeping in view the above facts, Nawaz Sharif does not qualify for prime minister’s office under Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution; therefore, he may be disqualified.”
Addressing media personnel outside the ECP’s office, Latif Khosa said "It is the responsibility of the Election Commission not to let anyone who is dishonest and untrustworthy to remain a member of the parliament," he said.
Khosa said that the reference also contains the conflicting statements of the Sharif family with regard to the Panama leaks. He said that this time, neither the public would remain silent nor the PPP.
Khosa had done necessary spadework for the reference sometime ago, but he was waiting for the outcome of the parliamentary committee discussing terms of reference for the judicial commission on the Panama leaks. Now the reference is being filed because the parliamentary committee has failed to reach a consensus on the terms of reference for the judicial commission.
On Friday, The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had filed a petition in an election tribunal seeking disqualification of the prime minister.
PTI representative Dr Yasmin Rashid stated in the petition that the prime minister was not eligible to stay in the office under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution. She said the prime minister did not declare his assets when he filed nomination papers for the 2013 general election. “We have enough evidence to get the prime minister disqualified,” Rashid said while talking to the media outside the offices of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in Islamabad.
“The PTI has been left with only one option and that is to take the matter of the Panama leaks to the court, as no headway has been made on the terms of reference for the enquiry commission,” says PTI spokesperson Naeemul Haque.