ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in his first appearance in National Assembly after Panama leaks, sought to clear his position by saying his family did not take even a single rupee out of the country.

He offered opposition to form a joint parliamentary committee to formulate terms of reference (ToRs) for a judicial commission to investigate the allegations of corruption against him and all others.

The prime minister in his address to the assembly briefly touched upon the history of his family’s assets but opposition plainly rejected the clarification terming it irrelevant and inadequate and walked out of the house.

On the sixth day of the current session, the house was unusually jam-packed with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. Even senators were sitting in galleries to witness the proceedings.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his speech called for setting up a bipartisan parliamentary committee to form ToRs to probe allegation of corruption.

He however said he wants investigation against not only those whose names had appeared in Panama Papers but also against all kind of corrupt people and practices, including those who took kickbacks and got their loans written off.

Nawaz Sharif, amid desk-thumping, offered the details of his assets, documents and proof of purchase and sale of his family’s offshore assets to the committee.

“My hands are clean and I have never dodged domestic and international laws to make money,” he said, facing a bit interruption from some opposition lawmakers including Independent MNA Jamshed Dasti.

Sharing details of his past financial records, he claimed that not even a single rupee was sent abroad from Pakistan for the purchase of the apartments in London.

“In past 23 years, we (Sharif family) paid around Rs10 billion in taxes and government duties, including the period when we were in exile. I paid Rs36 million as tax during the same period.”

The prime minister also handed over records (of business details) and old pictures to National Assembly speaker.

He clarified that following the nationalisation of the private industrial units, many were forced to leave the country to protect their assets.

“Sheikh Rashid al-Makhtoum inaugurated the steel mill set up by my father in the United Arab Emirates in 1973,” Nawaz said, giving a picture of inauguration event to the speaker as evidence.

Removing the impression of tax evasion and money laundering, he said his father had grew a business empire twice after state machinery confiscated their properties in 1970s and then again in 1999.

“Neither he nor his family got waived even a single penny from the banks, nor any tax was evaded,” he said.

“I have even shared my financial condition corresponding to the periods when I was not in politics. Will others who are living in huge bungalows, fly on helicopters and living lavish life share their family incomes?” he questioned ostensibly from PTI chief Imran Khan.

“We have faced victimisation in the past and are even now ready for accountability,” said the prime minister, though he made it clear that there would be no difference of accountability parameters for anyone as all would be judged on the same scale.

Nawaz Sharif said after nationalisation his father left for Dubai where the Gulf Steel factory was founded. “The factory in the UAE was sold for 9 million dollars in 1980.”

He said that his family came under pressure again in 1999 when the entire record and assets were seized and thoroughly investigated but nothing could be proved against them.

“My father constructed Jeddah Steel Factory worth factory 17 million dollars in 2006. This money was used to buy London flats,” he said, adding that the documents in that regard were available.

About Panama leaks, he said that the opposition’s ToRs revolve around him and his family. “My name was not mentioned (as owner of any offshore company) in the Panama Papers but opposition fixed responsibility on me even before an investigation and even without giving me an opportunity to speak.”

The PM said the parliament needs to approve an accountability process for this purpose. “Earlier, charter of democracy had also implied that the parliament would legislate to help remove weaknesses our existing accountability system,” he said, adding that the house needs to initiate a consultative process through a parliamentary committee.