ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that he was disqualified for failing to draw salary from his son’s company.
Chairing the meeting of PML-N’s parliamentary party on Saturday, Nawaz Sharif said that he wasn’t expecting this decision after what he had done for Pakistan. “It was insulting for an elected representative of 200 million people. This shouldn’t have happened. I was ousted after I refused to step down.”
“Why should I have declared the salary which I had not received from my own son’s company. It was not some government’s job or position. It was my son company,” he argued.
He said that international press was writing negatively about the Supreme Court’s decision to disqualify him in the case.
He dismissed the propaganda that Panama case verdict would weaken the ruling party.
“The presence of PML-N’s members in large numbers is a fitting response to the opposition’s propaganda,” he said, adding that PML-N was stronger than before. “Your leader is not weak. We have accepted the verdict despite reservations.”
The former prime minister said that you (PML-N’s members) should be proud that corruption was not the reason for his disqualification.
Sharif said that he was punished for putting the country on the path of rapid development. But he said that there should be across-the-board accountability.
He recalled that one day he was the country’s prime minister and the next day, he was made a hijacker.
“Unfortunately, it has been our history. Former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was hanged to death. I too was told that I would be sentenced to death,” he said.
The former premier said that rule of law was the only way forward for Pakistan.
“I had made Pakistani invincible by allowing nuclear tests as Prime Minister and had a rejected an offer of USD 5billion made by the then US President Bill Clinton.
He lamented that no Pakistani prime minister was allowed to complete his constitutional term.
“I am mentally ready to give any sacrifice as I only think about Pakistan,” he added.
He said that he had no desire to become Prime Minister now. “Shehbaz Sharif knows that I had no desire to become the prime minister, I was compelled to do so.”
He also took a dig at PTI Chairman Imran Khan, saying that some immature politicians were creating problems for the country as well as form themselves. – SAMAA
Story first published: 29th July 2017