PTI plans protest rallies outside Sharifs’ London residences  [DailyTimes] 06 Apr, 2016


LONDON: Members of the ruling Sharif family would face yet another aftershock of Panama leaks on Saturday, as the London chapter of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had planned protest rallies outside their residences and properties.
Party sources told Daily Times that protests had been arranged on the instructions of PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
An archrival of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the PTI has been hammering the issue of Panama leaks in and outside Pakistan. The leaks identified the children of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as owners of at least two offshore companies.
The properties in question are at Avenfield House overlooking Park Lane, which is one of the most expensive locations in London.
It has yet to be ascertained whether or not the companies were used in corrupt or illegal activities. However, the concealment of overseas business concerns has already damaged the reputation of the ruling Sharif family.
In its report, the Guardian wrote: “Under the arrangement with Deutsche, Nescoll and Nielsen were allowed to borrow up to £1.75m each, and a third BVI company not represented by Mossack Fonseca, called Coomber Group, another £3.5m. Papers for Coomber were signed by Mariam and Hussain Nawaz Sharif in June 2007.”
Opposition parties in Pakistan have accused the ruling family of tax evasion, money laundering and illegal transfer of money through the offshore companies.
The prime minister announced on Tuesday that a judicial commission headed by a retired Supreme Court judge would investigate this issue. It incurred a swift rejoinder from legal experts who said that only the chief justice could form a judicial commission and it must have one or more serving judges on it.
The PTI chairman rejected the judicial commission. He said that no one would accept the commission headed by a retired Supreme Court judge. Khan would take up the issue of Panama leaks in the National Assembly on Thursday. “I can’t help thinking about the D-Chowk,” he said, adding that next time any such sit-in would yield desired results quickly.More in NationalView allOperation launched in southern PunjabApril 07, 2016ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: Days after the deadliest attack in Lahore’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, the ...

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