ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had not sought immunity in Panama papers case, spokesperson to the Prime Minister Dr Mussadiq Malik said here on Tuesday.
Speaking at a press conference along with member of National Assembly PML-N Daniyal Aziz, he said it was stated in the media that the prime minister sought immunity under article 248 of the constitution which was not true.
No petition was filed in the Supreme Court to seek any kind of immunity, he added. He said the legal team of the prime minister also did not raise the issue of maintainability of case.
He said according to law, a person who levels allegations also brings evidence, except in the law of National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
He also categorically stated that there was not misstatement or contradiction in the statements of the prime minister.
Dr Musadiq said according to article 66 of the constitution, members of parliament had privileges.
The article 66 states that there shall be freedom of speech in the parliament and no member shall be liable to any proceedings in any court in respect of anything said or any vote given by him in the parliament.
He said the members of parliament were given this protection against powers of the king. Imran Khan, Sirajul Haq and Khurshid Shah were enjoying the same privilege, he added.
He said parliamentary system should not be weakened for someone’s greed for power or for taking revenge.
Dr Musadiq said the constitution and laws granted protections to citizens of Pakistan and the country could not be turned into a banana republic for the sake of a person’s personal wishes.
He criticized those who were saying that the government was seeking protection of law. He said it was everybody’s right to seek protection of law and the criticism against government was unjustified, adding PMLN would take aid of the law.
Dr Musadiq said Imran Khan wanted the accused should be hanged first and then investigation should be conducted.
Daniyal Aziz said Sharif family lawyers had produced the money trail including a bank guarantee document of United Bank of Switzerland.
The documents showed the funds available to the members of Sharif family, he added.
He said the lawyers of Sharif family busted the argument of Naeem Bukhari, counsel of PTI regarding funds available from sale of Steel Mills in Dubai.
He said record of Ittefaq Foundry was confiscated in a raid during Musharraf era and some of it was not returned despite court case.
He said the PTI was asking for record of 37 years and Imran Khan had taken numerous U-turns during Panama papers case.
Daniyal said Wealth Tax Act 1963 was repealed in 2003 and under the law, tax returns of only a few years were kept as record. SAMAA/AGENCIES
Story first published: 17th January 2017