- Deposed PM says he wants masses to see hearing ‘because I have nothing to hide’
- Lashes out at judiciary, Imran Khan and Zardari, says PTI chief has no principles while PPP leader’s antics are ‘shameful’
- Calls out judiciary for giving favourable decisions in cases related to Imran Khan
ISLAMABAD/FAISALABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday demanded live broadcast of corruption proceedings against the Sharif family so that the masses could see that he has nothing to hide.
Addressing a gathering of PML-N supporters in Samundri in Faisalabad district, the deposed premier said: “I want them [his court hearings] to be shown live on television so people can see there is nothing in them. It’s based on a lie and it’s being exposed in the court on a daily basis.”
“It’s a fraud, go and watch for yourself,” he asked his supporters.
Reminding his supporters of his achievements, Nawaz said: “We worked day and night. We tried our best to end the energy crisis, we tried to uproot terrorism and we brought CPEC to Pakistan.
“I ask myself ‘Nawaz Sharif you were serving your country then what are these cases against you?’. I have been to almost 50 court hearings.
“I am being punished for not taking salary from my son. Fake cases were made against me. There was not a penny’s corruption. I was ousted from the PM house, then removed from party presidency. Do you agree with this insult and degradation?”
The PML-N supremo assured his followers that his hands are clean.
“I’ve always worked with honesty. I cannot even think of taking a penny of corruption, commission or kickbacks. Such money is cursed.”
Addressing his detractors, the former PM said that he wouldn’t not budge from his principles.
“I will never back down. Those who don’t know me should know this today that I am not the kind who backs down. God willing I will fight this injustice and cruelty.”
Nawaz said that the court cases against him date back to 1962 “when I was only 12 years old and in school”.
Earlier, Maryam Nawaz had urged PML-N supporters to “not just vote for the party in 2018 General Election but also guard their votes”.
“This time don’t let any conspiracies succeed,” she added.
Earlier in the day, Maryam had, in a tweet, demanded that trial proceedings against the Sharif family be broadcast live.
“Demand: Accountability court proceedings against Nawaz and I should be broadcast live to make the public cognisant of the truth,” Maryam said in a tweet posted on Wednesday.
مطالبہ: نواز شریف اور میرے خلاف مقدمہ میں نیب عدالت کی تمام کاروائی کو براہ راست نشر کیا جائے تاکہ قوم کو سچ کا پتہ چل سکے۔
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) April 4, 2018
PTI ENDORSES MARYAM’S DEMAND:
Responding to Maryam’s tweet, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said that the PTI agrees with Maryam’s demand.
“We had also demanded that the proceedings of the JIT probing the Panama Papers case and the Supreme Court proceedings be broadcast live,” he tweeted.
“The decision to broadcast proceedings rests with the court,” he added. Moreover, the PTI leader said they want the JIT’s video recordings of interrogations released to the public as well.
NAWAZ SEES ‘SUSPICIOUS’ ACTIVITIES IN BALOCHISTAN:
Talking to reporters after his appearance in the accountability court in Islamabad earlier in the day, Nawaz Sharif asked Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to take notice of “suspicious” activities in Balochistan, claiming that a forbidden game was being played in the country to which seasoned politicians were privy.
The PML-N supremo said that the recent changes in Balochistan’s politics, as well as the election of the Senate chairman, were “suspicious”.
“Recently-elected Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani is a ‘suspicious’ man,” he added.
Nawaz Sharif said the country managed to attain freedom from the British but is now trapped in martial laws. “There is no room to delay the general elections, it will not be accepted,” he warned.
The former premier said he does not know the inside story but what Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Zardari is doing is shameful. He also asked Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to declare if his party members did not vote for the PPP candidate in the recent Senate chairman elections.
Referring to Imran’s earlier claims that he would never side with Zardari, the PML-N supremo said, “Politicians should have some principles.”
‘THEY DID NOT ALLOW ME TO VISIT MY WIFE’:
Referring to the rejection of his request to visit his ailing wife, Nawaz said doctors in London wanted him to be present for consultations on vital medical decisions related to his wife’s treatment.
“But they did not allow me to visit my wife,” he said.
When a journalist pointed out that the judge had allowed him to travel in between hearings and he had five days to do so, Nawaz said that two days are spent in travelling while doctors in England do not hold consultations during the weekend.
The former premier claimed that he has not spoken with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on his recent meeting with Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar.
“People have been waiting for decades for court decisions but the chief justice is busy in checking the quality of milk,” he said.
The deposed PM also lashed out the judiciary for showing “double standards” while hearing cases related to Imran Khan.
“Instead of punishing Imran for submitting fake documents of his Bani Gala estate, the court has asked authorities to legalize them. If this is not favouritism then I don’t what is,” he said.
He also supported the right of voting for overseas Pakistanis, saying he has always advocated for it.
Responding to another query on increased load-shedding in the country despite the government’s claims, the PML-N leader claimed that load-shedding was at a minimum during his tenure as the capacity of electricity was increased by thousands of megawatts.
“I will speak to the government to find out whether this was related to non-payment issues or something else.”
The Sharif family has been on trial in connection with corruption references pertaining to Panama Papers. The references had been prepared in light of the 2017 Supreme Court verdict in the case. The court had directed the top anti-graft body, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file references against Nawaz Sharif, his sons, daughter Maryam Nawaz, son-in-law Capt (r) Safdar and Ishaq Dar.
After the top court’s instructions to conclude the references within six months expired last month, the accountability court requested the SC to extend the time period for ongoing trials. The Sharif family has maintained innocence in all corruption charges.