LAHORE: Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has cleared the air of confusion and uncertainty surrounding the future leadership of the embattled PML-N declaring that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif would be the party’s candidate for premiership in the upcoming General Election.
Expressing confidence in his younger brother, Nawaz Sharif said that Shahbaz had never disappointed him or the party, and had risen to prominence because of his hard work and performance.
The former prime minister made the remarks during a meeting at his Jati Umra residence on Wednesday. PML-N members appreciated the decision taken by the party chief. He said that although Shahbaz may have had a difference in opinion over certain matters, he never violated party discipline and never refused to accept what Nawaz told him.
Nawaz added that at times he accpted Shahbaz’s suggestions as well. “I had to take Pervez Musharraf’s call condoling our father’s death upon Shahbaz’s insistence,” he said. Sources claimed that Nawaz also said that when favouritism affects the parameters of justice, society loses its stability. “Despite there being so much [in the case] against Imran Khan, he was left scot-free while I was sent home on just an Iqama,” he was reported as saying. “We will not stay quiet.
I will inform the nation of the inconsistencies between the two decisions,” he said, referring to Supreme Court’s decision disqualifying him and the one in the Imran Khan disqualification case. Shedding light on his planned movement for justice, he said that the party’s campaign for the 2018 General Election and the movement would go hand in hand. “Someone will have to stand up to correct the ills of 70 years,” he said, adding that he was standing upright in the battle. Scale of justice Meanwhile, Nawaz Sharif has said he would not stand for the “double standards and the blatant murder of justice”, while discussing the Supreme Court’s (SC) recent verdict in the disqualification case against Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareen.
Speaking to media representatives at the premises of the accountability court, Sharif said: “The court’s double standards and this blatant murder of justice will not be tolerated, not by the PML-N and neither by this nation.” The former premier was speaking to reporters during a break in hearing of the National Accountability Bureau’s corruption referemce filed against him. Discussing the apex court’s decision to send the petition against PTI’s alleged foreign funding to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Sharif said: “They have given the ECP the past five years (for checking PTI’s financial records) because the calculation has already been done; they know that whatever happened did not happen in those five years.” Khursheed’s comments Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah said while commenting on the development; “Only the 200 million people of Pakistan have the right to choose who their next prime minister will be,” “Neither Nawaz Sharif nor anybody else has the right to choose the next prime minister.”
He added that when people ask him why the parliament is always empty, he tells them that it remains empty because Nawaz never gave it due importance. “This why he has to keep asking mujhay kyun nikala (why was I removed?)