Elite’s corruption biggest threat to Pakistan’s progress: PM Imran

Says Broadsheet has against exposed ex-rulers’ corruption, money laundering

By: News Desk      Published: 11:10 AM, 13 Jan, 2021
Elite’s corruption biggest threat to Pakistan’s progress: PM Imran

Prime Minister Imran Khan has remarked that the Broadsheet firm has again exposed the massive scale of our ruling elite’s corruption and money laundering, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

In a number of tweets posted on Wednesday, the prime minister said the Panama Papers had exposed the corruption and money laundering of our ruling elite earlier.

Imran Khan maintained these elites cannot hide behind "victimisation" card on these international revelations.

The prime minister asked “What do these revelations expose repeatedly? 1. Exactly what I have been saying in my 24-year fight against corruption which is the biggest threat to Pakistan's progress.”

“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.”

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.”

Imran Khan said “These revelations are tip of the iceberg. We want complete transparency from Broadsheet on our elites money laundering and on who stopped investigations.”

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.

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.

Nawaz Sharif was behind termination of contract with Broadsheet which was investigating how hundreds of millions of dollars had been stolen from Pakistan and stashed abroad, Moussavi 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.