Elite’s corruption biggest threat to Pakistan’s progress: PM Imran
Says Broadsheet has against exposed ex-rulers’ corruption, money laundering
Panama Papers exposed our ruling elites corruption & money laundering earlier. Now Broadsheet revelations have again exposed the massive scale of our ruling elites corruption & money laundering. These elites cannot hide behind "victimisation" card on these int revelations.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 13, 2021
Imran Khan maintained these elites cannot hide behind "victimisation" card on these international revelations.
What do these revelations expose repeatedly? 1. Exactly what I have been saying in my 24-yr fight against corruption which is the biggest threat to Pak's progress. 2. These elites come to power & plunder the country.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 13, 2021
“2. These elites come to power and plunder the country,” he said, adding “3. They do money laundering to stash their ill-gotten gains abroad, safe from domestic prosecution.”
3. They do money laundering to stash their ill-gotten gains abroad, safe from domestic prosecution. 4. They then use their political clout to get NROs. That is how they kept their plundered wealth safe. People of Pak are biggest losers:— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 13, 2021
He further said “4. They then use their political clout to get NROs. That is how they kept their plundered wealth safe. People of Pakistan are biggest losers.”
The prime minister further said “Not only is the nation's wealth stolen by the elites, their taxpayers money, paid for recovering this wealth, is wasted because of NROs.”
Not only is their nation's wealth stolen by the elites, their taxpayer money, paid for recovering this wealth, is wasted bec of NROs. These revelations tip of the iceberg. We want complete transparency from Broadsheet on our elites money laundering & on who stopped investigations— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 13, 2021
A few days ago, PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz had claimed that Broadsheet Firm had been paid $28.7 million for unearthing false cases against Nawaz Sharif.
In a couple of tweets, Maryam Nawaz had said they still could not find anything against Nawaz. Still, they used Iqama for Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification and judge Arshad Malik for sentencing him to prison.
نواز شریف کی حکومت کا تختہ الٹنے اورانھیں انتخابی اور سیاسی میدان سے باہر رکھنے کے لیے جو مکروہ کھیل کھیلا گیا اور جو خطرناک سازش رچائی گئی اس کا ایک ایک مہرہ سامنے آ رہا ہے۔ خدائی دعوے کرنے والے بھول جاتے ہیں کہ کائنات کا نظام رب چلاتا ہے۔ سازشیوں کا یومِ حساب قریب ہےانشاءاللّہ https://t.co/tGwkVzYAIj— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) January 5, 2021
She said Nawaz Sharif’s honesty was before everyone as the reality of the Avenfield Apartments case has also been exposed. “Every bit of the conspiracy to dethrone Nawaz Sharif's government and keep him away from the political arena and elections is coming to the fore one by one. The day of judgment for the conspirators is near,” she added in another tweet.
Later, Broadsheet Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kaveh Moussavi had said PML-N patron Nawaz Sharif offered bribe to Broadsheet for abandoning probe against his foreign assets. In an interview to a web TV, Moussavi said the Broadsheet had flatly refused the deal offered by a person claiming himself the nephew of Nawaz Sharif in the year 2012, retorting that the Broadsheet did not negotiate with the crooks.
Sharif family has assets not only in the United Kingdom (UK) but across the globe, he said, adding that the Sharif family required plenty of explanation about their resources of amassing these assets. He said the process of accountability was continuing but after President Musharraf left office, his successors started hampering the process by not giving access to information and termination of Broadsheet’s contract.
Responding to a question, he criticised Nawaz Sharif for claiming that Broadsheet had exonerated the Sharifs. Broadsheet did the exact opposite, he said, adding that it was a pure lie that Broadsheet had given clean chit to the Sharif family.
Broadsheet did not pursue Avenfield Apartments source of buying as a Pakistani accountability court had already contended that the apartments were bought by the Sharifs from the stolen money. However, the Broadsheet was ready to investigate money sources of Avenfield Apartments if asked by the government of Pakistan, he said.
He said Gen Musharraf tasked Broadsheet with detecting the assets of 200 people. But, after his tenure, the NAB started asking to remove names of certain people from the list that was refused. This was the hypocrisy of then government of Pakistan, he said.