Nawaz Sharif press conference at Islamabad takes aim at Judiciary

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ISLAMABAD: Former PM Nawaz Sharif vowed to continue his fight for the sanctity of the people’s vote. He went on to say that he never bowed his head before dictatorial regimes.

Speaking to the media in Punjab House on Tuesday, he said he has told Talal Chaudhry to look into the matter of the attack on a reporter. He thanked the nation for praying for his wife.

Nawaz said that repeated violations of the nation’s mandate and Constitution have earlier resulted in the division of the country in 1971. “Our history is full of such decisions whose very mentions are shameful,” he said. “The time has come that we come up with solutions to these 70-year-old tactics. Otherwise, Pakistan might face consequences.”

He said that democracy and Constitution should be allowed to prevail.

No corruption, bribery or other sort of allegation could be proven against me, he said, adding that the iaqma ‘farce’ was created to make a basis for my disqualification. “They should have told the nation that because we couldn’t find anything in Panama case, we made iqama the basis for disqualification,” he said. “I abdicated moments after the court’s decision was announced. But the people on GT Road gave their verdict on this verdict.”

The former PM went on to say that people’s verdict in his favour will keep on pouring in. “First it was GT Road and then NA-120 by-election which proved the nation’s verdict,” he said. “The final decision of the people in my favour will emerge in the 2018 polls.”

He said that he was positive that the final victory will be that of the people.

“Ten years ago during a dictatorship in this very September month in this very PIA flight, I travelled to Pakistan. That day, I was not allowed to move out of Islamabad,” he said. “We believe in the Constitution and rule of law, for which have rendered numerous sacrifices.”

The difference today is that earlier it was a dictator’s regime and today it is a democratic government, he said.

Nawaz further said he believed in the implementation of rule of law but cannot accept the Supreme Court’s July 28 decision that disqualified him for life.

“They made an issue out of the salary I did not take from my son,” he said. “They said it was my asset. What about the peace and assets that I have created in Karachi, Balochistan and the entire country in the form of CPEC? My nation is aware of the assets that I have created for them.”

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