ISLAMABAD - In direct response to the Prime Minister's remarks given in Sukkur earlier on Friday, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan yesterday said that protesting in a peaceful manner was part of democracy and not terrorism.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif instead of clarifying his position with regard to Panama Papers has started touring various parts of the country and blaming our earlier sit-in protest as the main hurdle in his development agenda, said Chairman PTI at his residence in Bani Gala before leaving for Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah.

The prime minister while addressing the inauguration ceremony of Sukkur-Multan Motorway said that those agitating (in the wake of Panama Leaks) and terrorists shared same agenda as both wanted to hamper development and disrupt peace.

"What is the relation of Panama Papers with the development of the country," Imran posed a question to the premier and added: "Had the PM opened four constituencies to examine their votes record, they might not have held the sit-in."

Khan argued that the recent visits of PM throughout the country had polarized the society on two points, one side was with ‘save the corruption movement’ and the other side stood by ‘anti-corruption movement’ that was supported by whole Pakistan. "Mian Sahib wants to prolong the issue (Panama Leaks)," he said adding that the ruling party would bribe opposition during this time.

Asking the Prime Minister to answer four questions with regard to Panama Leaks, he said that the premier should reveal from where he got such huge money including what was the money trail, whether there was some money laundering committed or not, whither he paid taxes on this wealth and lastly whether he declared this wealth with which he bought flats in London worth billions of rupees.

The PTI chief went on to say that whenever the opposition started protests against the government's wrongdoings, the government used to say that democracy was in danger as the latter wanted it should be let free to do whatever it wanted. "It is the duty of the opposition to point out wrongdoings of government but it is not the duty of the government to blackmail the opposition on this," he said adding that the government in response to the allegation of opposition was also blaming it as thieves instead of clarifying its position.

Khan said that this issue would not come to an end with the rallies of government and stressed that terms of reference (TORs) prepared by the opposition were comprehensive and PM's accountability should be held under these. "If you (PM) want this, start my accountability with yours as well," he made an offer to the premier and added with this the country would change. "Otherwise Pakistan is going towards destruction." He hoped that his anti-corruption movement would succeed.

About JUI-F chief Moulana Fazalur Rehman's public support of the Prime Minister, he questioned Moulana how he was siding with 'save the corruption movement' contrary to the teachings of Islam.

Giving reasons of his announcement of Raiwind March, he said that the residence of Sharif family was the camp office of chief minister Punjab and was being run with the taxpayers' money. It is our right to protest peacefully there, he said.