Former PM Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday that the judge appointed by the top court to monitor National Accountability Bureau (NAB) proceedings against him would not just decide cases as per his wishes but also listen to appeals against his own verdicts.
Speaking to foreign media correspondents at the Punjab House in Islamabad, the former premier, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court last month for not being ‘honest’ and ‘trustworthy’, said no prime minister had been allowed to finish their full term in the country’s history.
The top court has appointed Justice Ijazul Ahsan to oversee the proceedings of the references that NAB has been directed to file against the ousted premier, his family members and former finance minister Ishaq Dar.
Sharif said Yousuf Raza Gilani, who was disqualified by the court during the Pakistan People’s Party government’s tenure in 2012, also should not have been ousted in such a manner.
“Prime minister are deposed, assassinated or forced to go into exile. How long will the public’s mandate be undermined this way?” he asked.
He pointed out that Pakistan had never gone to war during the tenure of democratic governments, which had sought to resolve issue through talks instead.
“It was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who had stabilised the country after the 1971 war,” he added.
The former PM said he too sought peace in region, especially a solution to the Kashmir issue.
He added that the atrocities against the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir at the hands of the Indian forces must stop.
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