In a recent development, Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), has once again underscored the imperative of holding accountable those responsible for his removal from the prime minister’s office in 2017, as reported by The News International on Thursday.
Speaking at a parliamentary board meeting in Lahore, Nawaz emphasized that his pursuit is not driven by a desire for revenge but rather by the necessity to bring those behind his ousting to justice. “I have no right to pardon those who are the enemy of the people,” he remarked, urging the disclosure of the conspirators’ identities.
Addressing allegations of conspiring against former army chiefs and the head of inter-services intelligence, Nawaz clarified, “I never conspired against Gen (retd) Bajwa and Gen (retd) Faiz Hamid […] nor did I conspire against Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif.”
Expressing gratitude for his recent acquittal in what he deemed as “fake” cases, Nawaz acknowledged that the past should be left behind. However, he asserted that the repercussions extended beyond his personal ordeal, affecting the entire nation of 250 million.
Commenting on the recent developments in the Al Azizia and Avenfield graft cases, the former premier contended, “There was nothing substantive in these cases; their hollowness was proved in the high court.” He further claimed that the focus shifted to the iqama issue when no evidence was found in the Panama case.
According to Nawaz, the attempt to oust him was driven by a desire for punishment, and when the Panama case yielded no results, the emphasis shifted to the iqama issue as a basis for his sentencing.
Reflecting on disparaging remarks such as “Sicilian mafia, God Father” made by certain “judges” against him, Nawaz questioned the appropriateness of such comments from the judiciary.
In a significant legal victory for the PML-N, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) recently acquitted Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia case, as reported by Dawn News. The two-judge bench, consisting of IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, announced the verdict during the hearing of Nawaz’s appeal against his conviction in the Al-Azizia reference.