ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Ousted Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday has said that he was deprived of right to appeal and forced to continue fighting cases based on lies and fake accusations against him.
Addressing a press conference at Punjab House in Islamabad, Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned torture of his guards on Dunya News reporter Amir Saeed Abbasi and said he believes in the freedom of media and respects all journalists.
Ex-PM said he had to leave for London due to surgery of his wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who has recently won NA-120 seat that fell vacant due to his disqualification, however, he returned to Pakistan to face references against him.
Nawaz said he had to bear exile and legal procedures because of the baseless allegations hurled by those who do politics of lies, adding that he has ignored all threats for the people of Pakistan who still love him.
Talking about the Panama Papers case, Sharif said he was disqualified on Iqama as the court didn’t find any corruption evidence against him in Panamagate. Is this justice? Is this supremacy of law, he asked.
"I faced the ‘Panama drama’, a case in which the entire burden of proof was placed on us. Me and my children faced the JIT, but there were elements who had conducted their own inquiries. There were some against whom the court itself cannot take any action," he alleged.
The ex-premier revealed that Panama Joint Investigation Team was formed mysteriously and that the court took control of National Accountability Bureau (NAB). He said that people had announced their verdict by voting for PML-N in NA-120.
Let this country run as per the Constitution, Nawaz asserted.
Earlier today, Nawaz Sharif appeared in accountability court for a short period after which he was granted permission to leave to attend ailing wife.
During the proceeding that was started after a 10-minute break, the court issued bailable arrest warrants Nawaz Sharif’s children Hassan, Hussain and Maryam Nawaz along with his son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar over failing to appear in National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references.
The accused were directed to submit surety bonds of Rs1 million each. The court also announced to indict ex-premier on October 2 in the cases pertaining to London flats and Azizia Steel Mills against the Sharif family.
The court also announced to indict ex-premier on October 2 in the cases pertaining to London flats and Azizia Steel Mills against the Sharif family.
The lawyer also asked the court to allow his client to skip personal appearance in the court as he needs to take care of his wife in London. The court refused by saying that he has to first appear on the day of indictment and the matter of exempting personal appearance will be deiced later on.
Afterwards, Nawaz Sharif held consultative meeting with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership.