KARACHI: There is a crisis-like situation in the country because of the Panama case, said Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Bizenjo on Sunday.
â€œThe joint investigation team [of the Panama case] was dishonest in the way it conducted the proceedings,â€ he said while talking to the media. â€œThe Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz should challenge such a JIT that is based on dishonesty.â€
Bizenjo said it seemed like the JIT was conducting proceedings against criminals not politicians.
However, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went by court orders with honesty, Bizenjo maintained. â€œHe respected the court, presenting himself and his family for accountability.â€
He said every member of the Sharif family presented themselves before the JIT, except for Kulsoom Nawaz, the premier’s wife.
â€œUnlike former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani, Nawaz Sharif did not refuse to accept court orders,â€ the minister said.
At present, he added, no one in the country fulfils the requirements stated in articles 62 and 32 of the Constitution. The articles state the eligibility criteria to be a member of the Parliament, and the reasons that result in disqualification.
He also spoke in defence of interior minister Chaudhry Nisar, saying anyone can leave Nawaz Sharif’s side but not Nisar.