Islamabad (February 13, 2018): Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday that Monday’s by-poll victory in Lodhran is the public’s response to these cases and he salute to the masses who are fighting his case. I salute them.”
Talking to the media after the accountability court hearing , Nawaz said he wonders how long such supplementary references will continue to be submitted. He was referring to the additional reference filed by NAB in the Avenfiled case and the expected filing of similar supplementary references in the other two cases.
“There’s nothing in them. They are the same references that have been re-packaged. Had there been any substantial truth and evidence in the original reference there’d be no need for additional references,” said Nawaz.
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Terming the ongoing cases against him ‘victimsation in the name of accountability’, the three-time prime minister said “‘they’ want Nawaz punished one way or the other. But I’m happy the people of Pakistan are with us as seen in the [Lodhran] by-election result”.
Turning his guns on former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, Nawaz said, “I’m not scared. I’m facing this ‘accountability’. But ‘they’ should also go after him who was facing a treason case, imposed martial law twice and arrested judges. But he’s not facing any accountability…no contempt, no punishment, no fingers raised against him. But us, who served Pakistan in various fields, are facing the brunt. How long will these double standards continue.”When asked to respond to disgruntled party leader Chaudhry Nisar’s recent outburst against on Maryam and Nawaz’s aide Senator Pervaiz Rasheed, Nawaz chose to dodge the query.