Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday critcised the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) for its July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.
“A court suspiciously formed a joint investigation team and announced a verdict. It [court] then ordered the National Accountability Bureau to break its regulations and file reference against me,” Nawaz claimed while addressing a press conference in Punjab House, Islamabad.
Accompanied by key Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders, Nawaz went on to say that the same court has taken over the anti-graft buster and will most likely listen to the “final appeal against me”.
Claiming that charges of alleged corruption were not proved against him in the court of law, the ex-premier said he stood by the law but was still disqualified. “Such decisions are implemented but no one accepts them. I was disqualified on a false pretext of iqama [work permit] because they could not prove charges relating to the Pamama Papers,” he said.
Nawaz said a decision from the court of masses in 2018 [general elections] will eliminate all other court verdicts. “I will put it plain and simple [words]; let this country run as per the Constitution and let the 200 million people make decisions of qualification and disqualification of their leaders.”
Earlier, the former PM said he had to leave for London due to his wife’s illness and expressed gratitude to the people who prayed for Kulsoom Nawaz’s early recovery. “I had no idea that I will have to stay in London for a day more than the planned schedule,” he maintained.
Nawaz returned to Pakistan on Monday after spending more than three weeks in London and went straight into several consultation sessions with party leaders about his future plans.
He left for London on August 30 days after his wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, was diagnosed with lymph node cancer. Since then, she had undergone three surgeries in the British capital, with Sharif and their sons beside her.
The former premier landed at Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad by a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-786 on Monday morning. Following his arrival, the former PM had a packed schedule. He met top government functionaries and party leaders, including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who has lately been in the spotlight for criticising his own colleagues in the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, also called on Nawaz.
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