Govt to accept SC’s decision on Panama papers: Asif

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 2 (APP): Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said the government would accept the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Panama papers.

Speaking in a private news channel programme, he said on one hand petitions were filed in courts to seek justice and on the other baseless criticism was unleashed on the judiciary.

The Panama papers case was with the apex court, which would
decide on the formation of judicial commission to probe the
matter, he added.

He said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had failed to gather people for its protest in Islamabad. PTI chief Imran Khan very well knew about his popularity among the masses, moreover, his announcement to call off the lockdown plan had isolated his workers and supporters.

Even, the PTI workers residing in Islamabad and  Rawalpindi did not heed his call, he added.

He said Asad Umar, who was PTI’s member of the National Assembly from the federal capital, could not gather even 500 people for the protest.

The people had taken part in the recent PTI protest with less enthusiasm as compared to the last year’s sit-in, he added.

Khawaja Asif alleged that Imran Khan know nothing about  politics. His workers seemed to be present only on social media  but not in real life, he added.

To a question, he said the government had decided not to  arrest Sheikh Rashid.

Replying to another query, he said Prime Minister Muhammad  Nawaz Sharif’s popularity graph had risen because of development works undertaken by his government and he would again become the prime minister after winning 2018 general election.

The national economy had improved and power shortage would be overcome by 2018, he added.