ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday said his hands were clean and he was ready to face ruthless accountability. He also said no one would be allowed to create hurdles in the way of stability and development of the country.

The prime minister’s comments came hours after army chief Raheel Sharif sacked six army officials including two generals over corruption charges. This mounted pressure on the PM whose family faces allegation of making fortunes through corruption.

Recently, Panama leaks, comprising 11.5 million documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, exposed how some of the world’s most powerful people secreted their money offshore, and also implicated Nawaz Sharif’s sons and daughter.

The Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf have demanded independent investigations to punish the corrupt. The PTI is pressing for a Chief Justice-led commission while the PPP is a little lenient on the probe team.

Chairing a special meeting of federal ministers, advisers and special assistants at PM’s House, Nawaz Sharif said he did not fear accountability as his hands were clean. “We have faced ruthless accountability in the past too, with success,” he was quoted as saying.

Nawaz Sharif said he always preferred values over power and this was vindicated in toughest accountability in the past.

He said his government wanted to rid people of the swamp of years of challenges, adding that the opponents worry they will be left behind in politics if the government completes its constitutional tenure.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said in New York yesterday the judicial commission to investigate Panama Papers might be set up within the next 48 hours.

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz the other day finalised Justice (r) Sarmad Jalal Osmany to head the proposed commission but his name was immediately rejected by the opposition.

Insiders said Law Minister Zahid Hamid, at the meeting, proposed early election which was immediately rejected by the premier.

Officials said the possibility of Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali-led commission to probe the Panama leaks and to contact the opposition parties for consensus was discussed.

Other officials said the PM was expected to take a decision on investigations into the Panama leaks very soon. “The PM is ready for fair investigations. He wants to take all the parties onboard. There will be a decision soon,” an official said.

Nawaz Sharif said his conscience was clear and the whole world was convinced of transparency in development projects by his government including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. He said all decisions of national concerns were taken with deliberation with political forces.

The PM vowed to restore the crumbling economy and eliminate faults in departments. He said that those who stopped road to progress and prosperity by creating instability failed in the past and will fail also in the future.

Officials said the cabinet ministers expressed views that certain political elements were trying to create political chaos to divert the government’s attention from the economic agenda. They expressed the resolve that the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will implement its development agenda.

Ministers belonging to the allied parties assured the prime minister of support of their respective parties and leadership.

APP adds: “The nation is focused on economic progress and prosperity of the country and will not let anyone create any obstacle in the way,” the prime minister told the meeting. The Pakistan of today, he said, was far better than the one, three years back and the whole world acknowledged it.

Nawaz Sharif vowed, “The journey to bring the country out of a shattered economy, darkness and ills in various sectors will continue with same vigour and zeal.”

He said the entire international community vouched the transparency in the measures taken for the restoration of the economy, ongoing development, mega power and infrastructure projects and China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

“We completed many projects at half the cost of what were the projected estimates as our objective is clear i.e. to take the country out of the quagmire of problems, confronting it for the past many years, and leaving it way behind other nations.”

He said when his government took over, the economy was at its lowest ebb and investors were fleeing the country. “Today we have restored the confidence of the people and the graph reflecting hopes and aspirations of the people in their future has gone up for the first time in 15 years.”

The PM said that by 2018 the country would have enough electricity to get rid of power loadshedding. He said today power was being supplied to the industries without any break, the supply of gas had improved and the foreign exchange reserves had doubled. He mentioned the Thar Coal Project, which he said, had the raw material to produce electricity for the next 400 years.

Speaking about CPEC, the prime minister said it was a guarantor of bright future for Pakistan. China came to help the country at a time when Pakistani financial institutions were not in a position to fund such mega projects.

Prime Minister Nawaz also thanked his cabinet colleagues and the entire nation for praying for his health. He also shared with them about his ailment and treatment.

During the meeting, the cabinet members said the ongoing propaganda was not aimed against the person of the prime minister or his family, but it was actually against the political stability and pace of development of the country. These elements were trying to sabotage country’s development and progress, they added.

They said all economic indicators were positive and the entire global community spoke of transparency in the projects. The federal ministers said the prime minister was the symbol of the federation and vowed to work even harder under his dynamic leadership to counter terrorism and pursue his strong economic vision.