Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said that following Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification as the country’s prime minister, the foundation of a new Pakistan, in line with the vision of the founders, has been laid.
“I am thankful to all my supporters and the masses who played a role during our campaign against corruption,” Imran told reporters in Islamabad hours after the Supreme Court announced its verdict in the Panama Papers case.
“I pay tribute to the judiciary of the country, especially the JIT members who can rightly be called the heroes of this nation.”
Hoping that the apex court judgement will have effect on many others, Imran said he could now see several ‘looters’ behind bars.
“This is just the beginning as all others responsible for corruption will meet a similar fate,” he said, adding that “the practice of sending abroad money looted from projects in the form of commission needs to come to a halt.”
“I also question the role of state institutions, which were supposed to protect the interests of the country.”
‘Thanksgiving day on July 30’
Imran announced that the PTI will hold a Youm-e-Tashakkur (day of thanksgiving) gathering at Rawalpindi’s Parade Ground on July 30 to celebrate “Pakistan’s victory against corruption”.
The party, he added, will announce the course of action at the celebration.
The Supreme Court on Friday unanimously disqualified Nawaz from his post after an investigative panel alleged his family’s wealth was far above their earnings in a scathing corruption report.
The apex court also ordered NAB to file a reference against the accused in an accountability court in six weeks and directed for the trial to be concluded within six months. The judges reserved that the premier had been dishonest to parliament and the courts, hence could not continue serving the office.