LAHORE - Former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry yesterday demanded resignation from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the larger public interest, saying his stay in power would create more troubles for the people.

Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said Nawaz Sharif was afraid of attending proceedings of the house. He should tender resignation owing to serious allegations of money laundering and offshore business, the former CJP said at a press conference.

Iftikhar Chaudhry suggested democracy would strengthen if Sharif adopted democratic norms and announced his resignation. He said the government should complete its tenure, but it did not mean that Nawaz Sharif himself was the government. “Sharif should quit now as his resignation will be in the larger public interest,” said Chaudhry.

Answering a question about “Justice Democratic Party”, he said he founded his party just for the marginalized people of the country who were facing poverty and unemployment due to the injustice of the present rulers.

When asked about the recent denial of the SC regarding the constitution of a judicial commission on the issue of Panama leaks, Chaudhry replied he had read the chief justice’s answer to the federal government. “Had I been in the office, I would have taken this decision in the public interest,” he said.

He also criticised the present parliamentary system of governance, saying his party would try his best for the presidential system of governance. When asked if there was a provision of presidential system of governance in the Constitution, he replied he would introduce presidential system of governance in the light of the Constitution. Unprivileged and poor people of the country were assets of his party, he said. He also appreciated the role of media, saying it always exposed corruption and corrupt practices.