Ban On Nawaz’s Speeches To Be Considered Pre-poll Rigging: Iqbal

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Islamabad (February 20, 2018): Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that if efforts are made to remove Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif from the political landscape of the country the masses would consider it pre-polling rigging.

Ahsan Iqbal said in an interview, “Nawaz Sharif was removed from his post [of prime minister], [now] if his speeches are banned, then Pakistani masses will consider it pre-polling rigging.”

PML-N on Monday decided on a change in its policy on the higher judiciary in Pakistan.According to sources privy to the affair, while chairing the parliamentary party members’ meeting, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi issued directives that the conduct of judges will be discussed in the parliament.

The prime minister while addressing a session of the National Assembly on Monday repeated the same and said that to avoid confrontation among institutions it was better for the House to debate on the matter and invited the opposition to mull over the same.

When asked to comment on what decision exactly the government has decided on, Ahsan Iqbal said the PML-N has “no conspiratorial agenda” but that it simply wants to ensure all institutions work under their respective constitutional ambit.

 “As a democratic force, we want to avoid any confrontation between institutions,” he said, adding that opposition and government should discuss the issue and not divide on the matter.

The interior minister reiterated his stance on allegations of disrespecting judiciary against the PML-N, saying that questioning “the merits of a judgement” is everyone’s right and that contempt would be if one were to refuse to obey a court decision.

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Originally Posted on Abbtak TV

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