PM Nawaz; USA
As Panama leaks have shaken a large number of population over corruption including Pakistan and the demand of resignation of PM Nawaz have become viral in Pakistan and opposition parties USA has also given statement over this important issue. US has said that Pakistani people should decide about the resignation of PM Nawaz Sharif.
â€œThese are decisions that the Pakistani people have to make, and weâ€™ve talked about this before,â€ US State Department spokespersonÂ John Kirby said.
Clarifying the US takes corruption â€œvery seriouslyâ€, Kirby said, â€œBut in terms of this particular case, I mean, these are decisions that the Pakistani people have to make.â€
â€œSeparate and distinct from that â€“ and Iâ€™m not talking about this specific case â€“ the Secretary has also been very clear about the dangers of corruption around the world and what that does to fuel extremism and to increase economic instability and the corrosive effect that it can have on entire societies. So corruption is something we obviously take very seriously,â€ Kirby told media men during his weeklyÂ briefing.
While a controversy spurred by the Panama Leaks is gathering steam, Pakistanâ€™s opposition parties appear to be divided over a demand for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down until a judicial commission investigates the claims his family has secret offshore holdings.
It has also called for an inquiry by the incumbent chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) into the Panama Papers expose.
Referring to Pakistanâ€™s stance on the war against terror and silencing doubts about Pakistanâ€™s biases towards certain terrorist groups, Kirby said, â€œWeâ€™ve been consistently clear with the highest levels of the Government of Pakistan that it must target all militant groups, including the Haqqani Network, al Qaeda, Lashkar-e Tayyiba.
â€œAnd the government of Pakistan itself, has repeatedly said itâ€™s not going to discriminate against a terrorist group regardless of their agenda or affiliation,â€ he said, while referringÂ to a declassified US government documentÂ suggesting Pakistani link to attack on CIA agents.
Pakistani intelligence officer paid $200,000 to an extremist network to facilitate a deadly suicide bomb attack on CIA operatives at a base in Afghanistan in 2009, according to a declassified US government document obtained by an independent research group.
The heavily redacted document obtained by the National Security Archive, a nongovernmental research institute at George Washington University, suggests that Pakistanâ€™s spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, and the Haqqani network were involved in facilitating the attack.