Nawaz Sharif has lost the moral ground to continue ruling the nation even for a minute more, Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Khurshid Shah said.
“If Pakistan is to be saved from further economic deterioration, if there is any patriotism left in us then Nawaz Sharif should step down immediately,” he told reporters, hours after the PM vowed to stay put in a federal Cabinet meeting.
The premier has been facing calls to step down following the JIT’s report, submitted to the top court, held the family responsible for forging and tampering record pertaining to their offshore assets. It recommended initiation of reference against the PM and members of the ruling family in the National Accountability Bureau.
Shah went on to add that “it is utterly shameful for a premier, whose own cabinet discusses his resignation, to continue ruling the nation. “It is a major development”.
According to the opposition leader, every party has one spokesperson but the incumbent government has seven or eight and each one of them says different things. “One thing they have been saying consistently is that we will fight back and not stay idle,” he said.
“I’m asking them… who will you fight back; the people, political parties or the judiciary – the JIT has completed its work. Will you fight back the [intelligence] agencies, whom you have named on several occasions, or the army.”
“Regardless of what others do, the PPP is standing behind the country’s institutions and will not play a friendly [opposition’s] role this time.”
Shah accused the government of initiating only those projects, which helped it “fill its own pockets.” They [rulers] have inflicted irreparable damage to the constitutional institutions, he added.
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