ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif remarked on Tuesday that the world has changed and so should we. “Old mistakes should not be repeated,” he said while talking to reporters inside the accountability court hearing corruption cases against him.
Referring to the Lahore High Court’s Monday verdict banning ‘anti-judiciary’ speeches by Nawaz and others, the former premier said the court should make clear what ‘anti-judiciary’ means.
“We cannot restrict someone from speaking. Uncivilized restrictions cannot be placed in the country,” he said, adding that he wanted everyone to go along together.
“Elected governments made historic decisions, including the atomic tests which were completely conducted by the civilian government,” claimed Nawaz. The three-time prime minister said he does not regret moving on. “We moved on did but not compromise. The other side should have moved on too,” he asserted, terming unfortunate the dharnas (sit-ins) carried out in the country against his government.
He said the National Accountability Bureau is inquiring into the widening of Raiwind Road in 2013 [which leads to Nawaz’s residence], adding that, “in 1990 we started the motorway there should be a case on it too and one over the atomic tests”.
“I see widespread discord if the people’s aspirations are not adhered to,” he said further.
Referring to recent waves of defections within the party, the PML-N supremo said those who left us were never ours. Adding to that, Nawaz’s daughter Maryam said the PML-N has its dedicated vote bank which is not seasonal.
Talking about the government’s plan to merge the Federally Administered Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Nawaz said the tribal people should get their rights.