Imran Khan calls for celebrations after Supreme Court orders probe against PM Nawaz Sharif

Imran Khan asked his supporters to return to Islamabad on Wednesday to celebrate thanksgiving at the Parade Ground in the capital.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 2, 2016 9:49 am
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Cricketer-turned-politician and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan on Tuesday called off Wednesday’s anti-government protest after the Supreme Court ordered a probe against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family over the ‘Panama Papers’ scandal. The PTI chairman had called for Sharif’s resignation over the corruption allegations and threatened to mobilise a million supporters to lock-down the capitol. The 64-year-old Khan welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision and urged his supporters to “celebrate victory and offer thanks”.

“Go home and rest,” Khan told his supporters who had been camping outside his residence. He also asked them to return to Islamabad on Wednesday to celebrate thanksgiving at the Parade Ground in the capital. “I am elated that the investigation into Nawaz Sharif’s (alleged corruption) will begin day after tomorrow,” he said. The Supreme Court had set November 3 as date of hearing in the case.

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In a series of tweets, late on Tuesday evening, Khan wrote, “Congratulations to the nation. Today’s SC decision is a day for celebration. When ppl stand up for their rights democracy is strengthened.

“We demanded accountability with PM either resigning or presenting himself for Talashi. Now SC is going to do the Talashi of PM by name,” he wrote in another tweet. “This is maturing of democracy. The powerful will be held accountable before the law. We got the Commission we sought directly under SC.”

“Tomorrow we will celebrate our victory. I want everyone who wants to see accountability/end to corruption to join us with their families,” he tweeted.

Sharif and his family have denied all corruption allegations levelled against them after three of Sharif’s four children were found to be owners of offshore companies, according to the Panama Papers. The opposition had been demanding an independent probe in the money laundering scandal. After Khan’s announcement, the government is expected to lift the roadblocks and clear all entry points in Islamabad.

(With inputs from PTI)