Quetta (December 02, 2017): Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif reiterated his diatribe against the Supreme Court verdict disqualifying him as member of National Assembly.
Addressing a public meeting hosted by the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) at Quetta’s Ayub Stadium, Nawaz Sharif said that there was not mere allegation of misappropriation or corruption against him, but despite that a prime minister was sent packing in the garb of not receiving salary from his son company.
He said that during the last 70 years the game of minus and plus was played in the country. He added that when the judges did not find any proof of corruption and misappropriation of national exchequer then Iqbal was used to disqualify him. The public meeting was organized on the 44th death anniversary of Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai. Nawaz Sharif said the ruling PML-N and PkMAP were tied in an “ideological bond”.
He said the Pashtun nationalist gave a lot of sacrifices and spent 24 years in jail for the sake of “ideology”.
Sharif said the late leader had wished to see roads in Pakistan like those in Afghanistan.
“We have implemented his vision… roads and motorways better than Afghanistan exist in Balochistan today,” the former prime minister claimed.
He said that attempts were being made to invoke minus-one” formula in the country, saying that such attempts will not succeed.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief pledged he will continue to practice ideological politics.
Praising the people of Balochistan, he said that they have always crusaded against dictatorships and are the ones who have truly upheld the constitution.
The PML-N chief said he had asked for the glass screen to be removed as it was an “obstruction”. He said his security is in the hands of Allah so he doesn’t need the protective glass.
Sharif assured PkMAP chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai of his support at every step.
He said there had been no signs of progress in Balochistan four years ago, but the development in the province today is “exemplary”.
Sharif said it was the vision of his party that has now resulted in the network of roads and motorways being constructed that will connect Balochistan to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and the capital.
“You will be able to reach Islamabad from Quetta in eight hours,” he told an animated crowd.
Once again hitting out at his detractors and the judiciary, Sharif he said had been ousted not for doing any corruption but for “not taking a salary from my son’s company”.PkMAP is an ally of the ruling PML-N and is part of the coalition government in Balochistan that includes PML-N and National Party.
Sharif and his family members are currently facing corruption references filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau in an accountability court. The former premier has struck a defiant note since kicking off his mass-contact campaign earlier this month, following the rejection of his review petitions filed against the Panama Papers judgement which ousted him in July.
Addressing a public gathering in Abbottabad earlier this month, Sharif repeatedly lashed out at the judiciary, specifically the Supreme Court bench that had disqualified him. Recounted his many achievements, he said the name ‘Nawaz Sharif’ has now become an ideology, which was synonymous with development.