LAHORE - Jamaat-e-Islami and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf have agreed to launch joint protest movement for the ouster of PM Nawaz Sharif if the government shows reluctance to form judicial commission according to their demand on Panama Leaks issue.

In first phase, both parties decided to take on board all opposition parties in parliament to start a powerful movement against the government. The political parties outside the parliament could also be requested to be part of the movement in second phase.

“We have advised Imran Khan not to make solo flight on Panama Leaks issue. So far both parties agreed to launch protest movement for the resignation of Nawaz Sharif and against prevailing corruption in the country,” JI spokesman Ameerul Azeem told The Nation.

Jamaat-e-Islami has already started a “corruption free movement” and considers the recent scenario a “golden opportunity” to grab the countrywide public opinion in its favour. The JI is also the part of Milli Yakjehti Council, an alliance of over a dozen religious parties which are already furious over government’s “pro-secular” moves.

The possibilities of religious parties, particularly representing Brelvi and Shia schools of thought, to be the part of the movement could not be ruled out. Leaders of Pakistan Awami Tehreek and Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen, popular Shia party, have already expressed willingness to aggressively support anti-PML-N alliance. Pakistan Sunni Tehreek, Sunni Ittehad Council, Jamiat Ulam-e-Pakistan could also be the part of anti-Nawaz Sharif movement.

Ameerul Azeem, however, said that the JI was not in favour of besieging Raiwind (Sharif family residence in Lahore) and conveyed it to the PTI. He also ruled out the religious parties outside parliament could be invited to jump in protest on Panama Leak issue in first phase.

First of all, he said, the JI and PTI will contact opposition parties in parliament to unite against corruption then the other parties can be requested. However, all of it depends on the situation, he added.

“If the government forms an independent judicial commission to investigate the Sharif Family involvement in tax evasion or hiding assets then there will be no need of protest on Panama Leaks issue,” he said. However, he further said, the JI would continue its anti-corruption movement across the country.

PM’s resignation demanded: The provincial leadership of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf yesterday demanded of Nawaz Sharif to step down as Prime Minister following the example of Iceland’s premier after the Panama leaks.

During a press conference at Lahore Press Club, PTI leader Muhammad Madni who has also announced his candidature for Punjab president slot of party polls, claimed that his party would retrieve public money from offshore accounts of Sharif family.

The PTI leader also laid a demand for a commission under the chair of Chief Justice of Pakistan to probe into the Panama Papers disclosures.

PTI, under Imran Khan’s leadership, would surround ruling family’s Raiwind palace if a commission under the superior judiciary was not formed, warned Madni. “The stories of ruling family’s corruption are not new. But this time the stories came from an international source which put them real embarrassment for the first time,” he added.