Nawaz Sharif will have to go over Panama Papers: Imran
Supporters of Imran Khan gather during the rally in Islamabad on Sunday evening. - Reuters
Islamabad - The PTI leader stressed the rights of minorities in the country and took a pledge from its supporters to protect minorities in Pakistan.
Vowing to launch another phase of his struggle against corruption, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Sunday declared that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will have to go after what has been exposed in the Panama Papers about him and his children.
"Mian Sahib you will have to leave. We are launching a countrywide movement against corruption and will start it from Sindh where we will go on April 26 and will subsequently reach Lahore next Sunday," he said while addressing a massive rally in Islamabad's F-9 Park to mark the party's 20th foundation day.
"If you [PM Nawaz] didn't form a fair judicial commission with genuine terms of reference (TORs) in consultation with the opposition parties we will come out on roads and will march towards (your) Raiwind estate", he added.
"It has been 20 years now, but it feels the party has just begun, Although it has been two decades of my political struggle, I am still ready to spend another 20 years. I thank my people for appreciating me and my struggle," Imran said.
The PTI leader stressed the rights of minorities in the country and took a pledge from its supporters to protect minorities in Pakistan. "We have to give rights to women; we have to make minorities VIPs; we have to set an example when it comes to safeguarding the rights of minorities.
"But I am in so much pain since I heard about Soran Singh's murder. Soran's wife and children wanted to leave Pakistan for India but he stayed while his family left," Imran added.
Regarding alleged electoral rigging in 2013 general elections, Imran said he wanted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to investigate four constituencies but the latter did not pay any heed. "And when we staged our sit-in protest he [PM Nawaz] pretended to be innocent as if we were oppressing him."
Criticising Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N)-led federal government over mega development projects, the PTI chief said 20 million children in Pakistan die of malnutrition; millions do not go to schools, 60 million are below poverty line, but the prime minister is announcing the Orange Line Train.
Lashing out at the prime minister, the PTI chairman said: "Panama Papers named you and your offspring but you stayed safe. LDA plots scandal broke out and you took money from ISI but you remained safe. Mehran Bank scandal and Hudebia Papers Mills scandals broke out but you remained safe."
He accused the premier of launching a smear campaign against the charitable Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH) in response to the accusations of acquiring illegal money in Panama leaks against the Sharif family. The Sharif family is in power for the last three decades but have been unable to take action against it to prove the charge. It has also failed to set up even one hospital where Nawaz Sharif could have go for his medical test instead of going to London every second day even for a slight ailment at state expense.