KARACHI: Contrary to the wish of former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryum Safdar, President Pakistan Muslim League has ruled out any chances of aggressive protests against the Accountability Court decision, which means Nawaz’s party will not resist his highly likely arrest upon his return.
Speaking to journalists in London, Nawaz Sharif said he will return to Pakistan within ten days. Maryum Safdar, however, on Saturday announced that she will arrive back in Pakistan on coming Friday.
“Nawaz Sharif wishes a charged protest against the accountability court judgment and he wants us to resist his likely arrest,” a senior PMLN leader added; “The party has, however, decided to not protest.”
Offering the reasons of keeping it calm as have been discussed in close meetings over the last 20 hours, the PMLN leader said Shehbaz Sharif and others fear that burning of tires or violent protests may make it an excuse for the countrywide crackdown against the party’s candidates, leaders and workers.
“In such situation we will be left nowhere to contest elections, which is a chance to prove the judgments against PMLN leadership as wrong,” the PMLN leader further said.
Meanwhile, addressing a news conference here at Karachi Press Club, central information secretary senator Mushahidullah Khan said his party will not boycott the elections.
“The accountability court’s judgment is a clean chit to Mian Nawaz Sharif in corruption allegations,” Khan said, adding that Nawaz Sharif and Mayrum Nawaz sentenced and it was pre-decided for them but the judgment is victory for the party.
“Mian Nawaz Sharif will come back to Pakistan within a week,” Mushahidullah Khan.
“Who has killed Saleem Shehzad, who has placed curbs on media?”, Mushahidullah Khan alleged in a counter question when asked as what was Mohkama e Zaraat ( agriculture department).
The PMLN spokesman also lashed out at Imran Khan and said Imran had been busy with women all his life and was currently obeying the orders of Pinki Peerni. He also criticized Asif Ali Zardari and said his case should not be equated with Nawaz Sharif who has given sacrifices for democracy. Zardari had not role in politics and even the Benazir didn’t allow him to present when Meesaq-e-Jamhooriat was signed in London.
Khan said no meeting between Nawaz Sharif and Zardari has taken place in London.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-N leader and former first daughter Maryam Nawaz said that she will return to Pakistan on Friday.
Former first daughter Maryam Nawaz was speaking to media in London, a day after the accountability court’s verdict, which imposed a 11-year punishment against her father and sentenced her to eight years in prison in the Avenfield properties reference.
“It’s written in the decision that Nawaz Sharif is not involved in corruption,” she said. “My father has been acquitted from money laundering charges.”