ISLAMABAD - Nawaz Sharif has hit out hard at Chief Justice of Pakistan.
He said on Monday that recent actions by the top judiciary indicate that a regime worse than a martial law has been imposed across Pakistan.
Speaking to reporters inside the accountability court in Islamabad, Sharif claimed: "What is prevalent in the country is not democracy, but the worst kind of dictatorship under [Chief Justice Mian] Saqib Nisar."
"What is happening in the country is not less than a 'judicial martial law'," said the former prime minister, who returned from London late on Sunday after seeing his ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz, who has been undergoing cancer treatment there.
Criticising recent judgements by the courts as "illogical", Sharif said the alleged silencing of 220 million people of Pakistan would not be acceptable to him.
"These many restrictions were not even imposed during the martial laws that we are seeing today," he remarked.