Lahore (November 22, 2017): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Shafqat Mahmood on Wednesday hit back at former premier Nawaz Sharif for terming PTI non-democratic and insinuating that it has links with dictators.
In a statement, Mahmood said that Nawaz, who is also the chief of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, has turned his guns towards PTI to conceal his crimes.
“This day had to come when Mian Sahib is accusing [us] of relations with dictatorship,” he said.
PML-N itself doesn’t seem like a democratic party from any aspect, the PTI leader said, adding that the party has a dictatorial style of politics and Nawaz’s leadership style is elitist.“The whole country has seen the true face of the Nawaz’s democracy,” Mahmood said.
Nawaz Sharif came down hard on PTI, the ruling party’s harshest critic, and the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party on Wednesday.
Speaking to the media after attending the proceedings of the accountability court which is hearing three corruption references against him, Nawaz said, the “dictator’s black laws were rejected on the floor of the house yesterday”.
He was referring to the rejection in the National Assembly on Tuesday of the Elections Amendment Bill 2017, which sought to restrict disqualified parliamentarians from heading a political party after 163 members voted against the proposed change in the legislation.Talking about the PTI, Nawaz said there is nothing democratic about the party, adding that the PTI is not even a political party [due to its link with dictators].
Nawaz criticized PTI and said that his party’s government were never allowed to work in peace by never-ending sit-in protests since 2014 Nawaz called Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) the ring leader of crippling protests. Even the chief minister of Khyber Pakhtwankhwa used to lead the protest rally on the federal capital, he added.
Claiming that government resources and vehicles were being used to bring the sit-in protestors Nawaz said that nobody is clean of corruption. Imran Khan, Jehangir Tarin, and Aleem Khan are all involved in corruption scandal, he added lashing out at PTI leadership.Referring to the courts’ alleged lenient attitude towards PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Nawaz said the rules of the game should be the same.
He said court decisions in their case come swiftly and wondered when the decision on ‘their’ cases will come. “The courts’ double standards are becoming evident,” he said further.
Corruption scandals of PTI leaders Imran, Jahangir Tareen and Aleem Khan also surfaced, he said further.
Nawaz also hit out at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, a PTI leader, saying he used official vehicles to lead rallies against the federal government during the 2014 sit-in.
Despite being exempted from appearance, the former premier and his daughter, Maryam, are attending today’s hearing.
Four prosecution witnesses have been summoned today to record their statements after two witnesses recorded their statements at the last hearing and were cross-examined.