PPP reference to bring Nawaz govt to its logical ends; says advisor to CM

KARACHI: Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh on Information & Archives, Moula Bux Chandio said on Tuesday that PPP’s reference against PML-N government will bring Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government to its logical end and rid the nation of corruption and nepotism.

“Nawaz Sharif has deceived the nation since long by establishing off-shore companies in the name of their close relatives. Panama Leaks is a big proof against the record corruption and plundering of national exchequer. Panamanian law firm and corporate service provider Mossack Fonseca, who revealed Panama Leaks, has linked Nawaz Sharif’s children his brother Shebaz Sharif’s in-laws to offshore companies, which is a clear treason with the country and the nation,” the advisor said in a statement.

The advisor said: “Panama Leaks link PM Nawaz’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and her brothers Hussein and Hassan to four offshore companies – Nescoll Limited, Nielson Holdings Limited, Coomber Group Inc., and Hangon Property Holdings Limited. The companies acquired luxury real estate in London during 2006–2007. The real estate was collateral for loans of up to $13.8 million, according to the Panama Papers.”

Chandio said that Nawaz should resign immediately as he had failed to declare his assets to the nation, as keeping assets hidden is not only tax evasion but pilferage of national wealth.

The advisor said that in view the nation’s demand of taking action against plundering of national wealth, PPP had filed a reference with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) seeking the disqualification of Sharif as the country’s ruler. Chandio also referred to a report as saying: “Nawaz Sharif has also defaulted on Rs6 billion loan when he filed his nomination papers with the ECP in 2013.” The PML-N PM also showed wrong asset details of his wife and children and misled the ECP about his income tax returns besides involving in money-laundering. After such revelation, Nawaz has no right to rule the country anymore.”

He informed that the PPP had submitted a 1,000-page reference against the prime minister, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Hamza Shahbaz, Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar and Captain ® Mohammad Safdar for hiding their assets from the nation, which is big crime.

Chandio said that the reference requested the commission to take action against the prime minister in accordance with Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution. The decision to file the reference was taken in the PPP meeting chaired by Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari last week, he further informed, he added.

The PPP has always been struggling to save democracy and lead the nation towards prosperity by following policy of reconciliation. PPP has fought with all tyrant forces who cheated the nation in shape of corruption and other tactics, and it is the PPP which ensured enormous powers to the all provinces of the country, but PML-N is indulging in Sindh government’s affairs which is violation of the Constitution and the rule of law, Chandio said.

“The anti-democratic forces backed by PML-government once again are out to harm PPP’s Sindh government, but PPP leadership is wise enough and has been continuing its struggle to foster democracy, save national exchequer and serve drown-trodden people as per the lessons given by Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto,” the advisor concluded.