Sunday, September 27, 1998 Published at 18:26 GMT 19:26 UK
World: South Asia
Pakistan premier denies corruption allegation
Nawaz Sharif: Accused of having a 'secret fortune'
A Pakistani Government spokesman has denied allegations that the Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, holds massive undeclared foreign currency assets abroad.
Evidence to the president
The opposition Pakistan People's Party (PPP) says it has documentation detailing the movement of millions of dollars by Mr Sharif around the world.
The opposition says police started investigating Mr Sharif's assets before he came to power. But, they say, when he started his current term as prime minister the official investigations were effectively stopped.
They allege that Mr Sharif wilfully and fraudulently hid the worth of his private business affairs, and failed to pay back huge bank loans.
But they say they have evidence documenting their allegations. They say that all the relevant documents are being sent to the Pakistani President.
'More than $60m siphoned away'
The Observer says the investigation was led by Rehman Malik, Pakistan's second highest-ranking policeman.
The Observer says there are fears the allegations against Mr Sharif may add to the political instability in Pakistan.
The newspaper had reported earlier this month that the Pakistani chief of staff, General Karamat, "is thought to be on the brink of declaring a martial law".
Reminder of Bhutto allegations
The BBC Islamabad Correspondent says these accusations against the prime minister are not dissimilar to those being faced by the PPP leader, Benazir Bhutto.
Both previously have been dismissed from the post of prime minister amid allegations of corruption.