A defiant Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday rejected calls from Pakistan’s opposition to step down after a probe panel recommended the opening of an anti-corruption case against him, saying only the people had the mandate to remove him.
Sharif announced his decision while chairing an emergency meeting of his cabinet, which endorsed the move. “Should I resign on the demand of anti-democracy forces? Why should I resign, on what basis?” he was quoted as saying by state-run APP news agency.
The opposition has been demanding Sharif’s resignation since a Joint Investigation Team, appointed by the apex court to probe accusations of money laundering and concealing of wealth by the Sharif family, submitted its report on July 10. Media reports said the JIT concluded that the family’s assets exceeded its sources of income.
But Sharif contended that the “controversial” JIT had submitted a report “based on accusations and