Despite JIT charge sheet, voters undeterred in PM's constituency

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Nawaz Sharif expressed that at times he feels that he should reveal all the secrets including the ones related to the sit-ins but said a time would come when the truth would surface.

Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khursheed Shah said Nawaz Sharif had lost moral authority to stay in his position, urging him to nominate another candidate for the office so that the government could complete its five-year term.

This week, the JIT probing the Panama case submitted its report to the Supreme Court, highlighting "glaring disparities" between the Sharif family's known sources of income and their actual wealth.

In their report, which has been leaked to media, the team alleges Sharif's family accumulated wealth far above its earnings, and says his children, including heir-apparent Maryam Sharif, signed falsified documents created to mask the truth.

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Sharif's family and allies have alleged there was a conspiracy against him, but opponents say the premier was trying to use such talk as a smokescreen to cover the serious allegations he faces.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is under extreme pressure to resign from his post after the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigating the money laundering case against his family, presented its findings to the Supreme Court (SC).

Sources close to PML-N said it was an important meeting to woo some of the disgruntled backbenchers of the party whose support would be key for the prime minister.

Prime Minister Sharif has denied all claims of wrongdoing, saying his family acquired all their wealth through legal means. The bench had also ordered the attorney general that the federation may itself decide about constitution of commission to initiate inquiry and proceed against the person in accordance with law.

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Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is now embroiled in a money laundering case along with her brothers, Hussain and Hassan Nawaz, as well as her husband Mohammad Safdar.

Documents claiming that Mariam Nawaz Sharif was only a trustee of the companies that bought the London flats, are dated February 2006, and appear to be typed in Microsoft Calibri. Memes of Prime Minister Sharif with Microsoft founder Bill Gates also made the rounds on social media.

The charge was led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, whose Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party has spearheaded the push against Sharif. If he were forced to step down, his ruling PML-N party could appoint a new leader as prime minister until the polls.

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