–PML-N VP demands PM’s resignation, calls him ‘selected’ again
–Says today Nawaz stands vindicated in front of 22bn people
MANDI BAHAUDDIN: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Sunday said that her father Nawaz Sharif was ousted for demanding civilian supremacy in the country.
Addressing a public rally in Mandi Bahauddin despite the government’s refusal to give permission for the gathering in the city, owing to ‘security concerns’, Maryam said that Judge Arshad Malik’s video proves that her father was innocent. “Today, Nawaz Sharif stands vindicated in front of 22 billion people,” she said.
The PML-N leader undertook the 200km journey away from the party bastion Lahore, saying she would meet her supporters at all costs. She had said “whether it is ground or a road” she would reach there “despite all the hindrances created by the government”.
Maryam reached the venue late and midnight and tweeted that owing to a large crowd, she could not get out of her car for 50 minutes. She also said that she left for Mandi Bahauddin on July 7 and reached the city on July 8.
Moreover, she lashed out at the prime minister and demanded his resignation. She said the PM cannot hide his “incompetence” in the name of accountability anymore while referring to the leaked video.
She also demanded his resignation besides calling him “selected” premier.
PML-N leaders Captain (r) Mohammad Safdar, Talal Chaudhry, Musaddiq Malik, Pervaiz Rashid, Uzma Bukhari and Saifullah Khokhar accompanied Maryam.
Earlier on Saturday, the local administration of Mandi Bahauddin sealed the main gate of the Quaid-e-Azam Ground and deployed a police contingent there to prevent the party leader from holding a rally for which a NOC was denied citing security reasons.
The PML-N leader has also promised to further elaborate on her claims regarding accountability judge Arshad Malik, who she said was forced to give a verdict against her father, ousted premier Nawaz Sharif, under “immense pressure from hidden hands”.
It is pertinent to mention here that the judge; however, rejected the claims in a press release on Sunday morning saying that he had sentenced the former premier in the said reference without any fear of favour.
“Serious allegations were made against me; it was a conspiracy to affect my credibility as well as that of my institution and my family. Therefore, I want to present the facts,” he said.
“After Maryam sahiba’s press conference, it is necessary that the truth be brought forward […] during the hearing of the cases against Nawaz Sharif and his family, I was repeatedly offered bribes by their representatives and also given threats of serious consequences if I did not cooperate,” alleged the judge in the press release.
“I decided to stay committed to the truth and left my life and wealth in the hands of God – Had I announced the verdict under pressure or over the greed of bribes, I would not have acquitted him [Nawaz Sharif] in one case and convicted him in the other,” said the judge.