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Sharif fears coup, tries to come clean of graft

Sat, Apr 23, 2016, 06:26 PM
Fearing an Army coup, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who figures in the Panama Papers, on Friday night made a bid to forestall army action by addressing the nation. He told the country that he along with his family was up for accountability. He said he would `go home' if found guilty.

Meanwhile, the Army was apparently preparing the ground like Gen Musharraf did in his time.

Sharif in fact said there was a conspiracy on to oust him from power. There was a move to destabilise his government. He was answerable only to Allah and the people of Pakistan. He said he was prepared for a probe into the Panama Papers charge that his family members had assets abroad.

Army Chief Raheel Sharif has made his move, saying there is no question of tolerating corruption. In a bid to show his clout, Gen Raheel Sharif removed six Army generals for alleged corruption charges.

Gen Raheel said the corrupt would be uprooted with their roots. He linked corruption to extremism in Pakistan.

While political pundits read this as a clear message to Nawaz Sharif to go, the Prime Minister got alerted and addressed the nation.

Nawaz Sharif, who gave up the position in the past as the Army mounted pressure under Musharraf, said it was not like the last time. He would not go out of power so easily.

If anyone had clear proof against him, he would quit power, Sharif added.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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