Islamabad April 5, 2016: Spokesperson of the PPP has termed as most unfortunate the attempt by the Prime Minister to deflect the storm brewing as a result of the Panama papers by blaming his woes on the policies of the governments of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in early 70s and that of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto in 1989.
It is a measure of the grave shock caused by the Panama Papers leaks that the Prime Minster instead of answering questions raised in the leaked documents has resorted to blame game against the PPP leaders, Senator Farhatullah Babar said.
The Prime Minister thought it fit to recall that in the era of nationalization the Ittefaq foundry was also nationalized and that the
family received nothing in return. But he forgot to mention that one of the first acts of dictator Zia was to return the foundry to the
Sharif family without the state being paid anything in return.
The Prime Minister thought it fit to allege that in 1989 during the government of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto their cargo ship was not allowed to off load at Karachi dockyard. But he conveniently forgot to remember that the cargo ship Jonathan which was held up by customs authorities after it was found to carry a sugar plant instead of the claimed steel scrap.
The Spokesperson wondered as to what was the relationship between Bhutto’s nationmalosation policy and the revelations in Panama Papers. He said that the issues raised by the Panama papers will not die down by laying the blame on PPP government of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. The Prime Minster will do well to answer the questions raised by the leaked papers instead of resorting to blame game, he said.