Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has asked “all those concerned” to accept the verdict of the top court in the Panama Papers case.
“The Supreme Court of Pakistan has delivered the verdict and it is incumbent upon all to accept it wholeheartedly,” Bilawal said as he addressed a news conference in Karachi on Friday.
The apex court on Friday unanimously disqualified Nawaz Sharif from office, ordering NAB to file a reference against the accused in an accountability court in six weeks and directed for the trial to be concluded within six months. The judges observed that the premier had been dishonest to parliament and the courts, hence could not continue serving the office.
“The verdict has disproved the contention that the disqualification of a prime minister posed a threat to democracy and Parliament; the [National] Assembly must complete its term,” Bilawal said.
The PPP, he continued, has always supported democracy, Parliament and state institutions and will continue to do so.
“It is unfortunate that by not resigning in time voluntarily for accountability as per law, the former prime minister [Nawaz Sharif] only undermined Parliament,” said the PPP chairman.
“We hope that the verdict will help in deterring corruption, he said. “The PPP will, in consultation with other opposition political parties, field the candidate for the office of prime minister.”
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