Published On:Saturday, 9 April 2016
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Pervaiz Rashid asks opposition to support inquiry commission

Pervaiz Rashid asks opposition to support inquiry commission

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid on Friday urged the opposition parties to accept the proposed inquiry commission announced by the prime minister if they want an inquiry into Panma Papers.
Talking to media, he said Imran Khan is willing to make speech on TV but was not ready to appear before the inquiry commission.
He said only the president and the prime minister of the country is entitled to address the nation on PTV.  He said the proposed commission could also arrange an international audit. He said the commission would reach a decision after reviewing the whole matter.
Earlier, speaking in the National Assembly, the minister claimed not a single word was mentioned in Panama Papers against the prime minister and his family’s involvement in any illegal act.
He said it was only the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML N) and its leadership who offered themselves for accountability on every occasion. The minister said people who were portraying offshore companies as a sin had themselves invested three million dollars in the companies in  2010.
He said that offshore companies could be opened with other names but the prime minister’s sons used their own names and did not hide anything. Rashid said that Hassan Nawaz was studying in England and could not come back due to dictatorial regime.
Hassan was not allowed to come back while Hussain was also expelled from the country he added.
The minister said that Imran Khan was facing charges of embezzlement in party’s funds in Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and was hiding behind the court decision.
He said that Imran Khan was also hiding behind the cancer patients for investing charity fund of Shoukat Khanum Hospital in offshore companies.
Pervaiz said return of three million dollars investment of endowment fund in offshore companies was not mentioned in the balance sheet of Shoukat Khanum Hospital.
He said that PTIgovernment was involved in embezzlement of funds in trees plantation.  The minister said that commission was being established under a retired judge of Supreme Court who has experience and vast knowledge of 25 years.

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