LAHORE - The religio-political parties of the country except the JUI-F and Prof Sajid Mir’s Markzi Jamiat Ehlehadith who are also the ally of the government, demand resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Panama leaks issue.

Yesterday, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan Awami Tehreek, Sunni Ittehad Council, Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen and Jamiat Ulma-e-Pakistan demanded full-scale investigation into the matter. The parties except the JUP also announced separate protest demonstrations in favour of their demand.

Sajid Mir has so far issued not statements on the issue while JUI-F supported the government proposed judicial commission to investigate the matter.

“Maulana Fazalur Rehman has clearly narrated our party’s point of view. We see international conspiracies in such scandals. It is against Sharia to level allegations on someone without proofs. However, we support the formation of judicial commission to probe into the leaks and later we will be able to take any stand,” JUI-F leader Maulana Amjad Khan told The Nation.

Jamiat Ulama-e-Pakistan head Pir Ijaz Hashmi was not in favour of formation of judicial commission rather his party wanted investigation into the Panama Leaks issue thorough investigation agencies.

“The rulers and other persons named in the leaks must face inquiry. If they are not involved, they should clear their position before the investigation panel,” said Pir Hashmi. A parliament committee, he said, could also investigate Sharif family and other named in the leaks. He said the nation saw no results of any commission formed in the past so the JUP wanted complete investigation through proper investigation commission.

Meanwhile, PAT secretary general Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, MWM secretary general Allama Raja Nasir Abaas and Sunni Council head Sahibzada Hamid Raza yesterday held a meeting and demanded of the resignation of the prime minister. They said the corruption of the rulers’ family badly exposed after Panama Leaks revelations. They also announced protest demonstrations if the PM was not stepped down.

JI chief Senator Sirajul Haq said that whenever the rulers were under pressure, they tried to hide themselves behind any self-made inquiry commission but none of the commissions in the past had disclosed the truth to the nation.

In a statement issued from Mansoora, the JI chief said that politicians and bureaucrats named in the Panama leaks were quitting their offices under public pressure but the situation was different in Pakistan. Some people had plundered billions of public money and transferred their illegal wealth abroad. However, on public pressure and protest, enquiry commissions were set up which neither disclosed the names of the criminals nor was the plundered wealth recovered. He said that as many as 150 cases of mega corruption with NAB were not being opened simply because these involved the rulers from different parties.

The JI chief added that some people were indirectly pleading the case of PM Nawaz and were arguing that the premier had committed no wrong. “These people (PML-N ministers) should keep in mind that Iceland’s Prime Minister resigned on similar grounds,” he maintained.

Sirajul Haq said that the prime minister, during his visits abroad, frequently invited foreigners to invest in Pakistan. The question, he said, was when the Prime Minister and his sons were doing business in other countries, who would invest in this country.

Further, he said, the PML-N government had introduced several amnesty schemes to bring traders and businessmen in the tax net but all these had failed. The rulers should think that if they were evading taxes, how the others could be motivated to pay taxes.

He said that even in 1999, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had to face the allegation of money laundering, but the enquiry into the matter had not been completed as yet.