ISLAMABAD: Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif continued histirade against the ‘invisible forces’onThursday, alleging that democracy and the press in the country is being “strangled by invisible forces”. Addressing the media outside the accountability court on Thursday and public meetingsin Sahiwal and Sadiqabad last week, he held invisible forces and aliens responsible for the mess in the country and a war-like situation against him andhisfamily,he conductingcorruptionsaidthat a state stands on three pillars, however, a single pillar has taken control of the entire state andaddedthatthePML-Nisnotcompetingwith the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) or Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), butwith other‘forces’.
Nawaz Sharif did not dare to point out these invisible forces but told the audience that you understand and know who these forces are. He went on to claim “invisible forces” are busy working on installing parliament of their choice. “The present times are not an era of the Mughal kingdom, when all power wrested in one hand,” he asserted, while questioning where the writ of the Parliament and the government has gone. Referring to PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari’s backtracking from his reported statement against Nawaz wherein he had reportedly said that deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif had “duped” him into making scathing remarks against the military establishment, the PML-N supremo wondered on whose orders news channels aired the ‘breaking’newsif Zardari had not made those remarks. Speaking about the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chief’s recent statement that the bureau’s sun is shining on the entire country in response to Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s criticism that the anti-corruption watchdog’ssun is only shinning in Punjab, Nawaz maintained that the authority is giving exemptions to people in Sindh. Referring to the first sit-in by PTI and PAT after the 2013 general elections, the deposed prime minister said that he knows hidden secrets which have neverseen the light of day.
“There are lots of hidden facts pertaining to the protest sitin, they will soon be revealed before the public,” said the ousted premier. Addressing a PML-N rally in Sadiqabad on Wednesday, Nawaz had said that PML-N was competing neither against Imran Khan nor Asif Ali Zardari, adding that his party was in a constant struggle against the invisible forces. Nawaz Sharif revealed on Tuesday that he had sent a “message of displeasure” to Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari for lashing out at the military establishment and subsequently cancelled a planned meeting with him the following day. “Why at that time [June 15, 2015] did Mr Zardari not tell that he was asked by me to issue this [anti-army] statement? Why after three years has he decided to speak the truth? I would like to know if Mr Zardari was so innocent and simple that he was duped by me,” Mr Sharif said in a statement in response to Mr Zardari’s reported comments about him. Mr Zardari, however, denied issuing any such statement. “If you want to speak against me, you can, but do not say you are reacting to a statement which I have not given,” he was reported to have told Geo News in response to Mr Sharif’s statement. The Bilawal House had also denied the remarks attributed to the PPP leader on Monday. Mr Sharif asked the PPP leader to tell the people if he was speaking his(Nawaz) language at that time and “whose language he is speaking today”. Mr Zardari had reportedly termed Mr Sharif “far more cunning and opportunistic”, saying his “hard-hitting statement [against the establishment]” was in fact a gambit by Mr Sharif who tried to use this to settle his matters with then army chief Gen Raheel Sharif. He also accused Mr Sharif of ditching the PPP on the matter of former president retired General Pervez Musharraf. “The PPP wanted to impeach Musharraf but instead of supporting the move, Nawaz Sharif backtracked. When Nawaz Sharif filed a sedition case against Musharraf, we supported the move but he [Nawaz] let him [Musharraf] leave the country under some deal.” Mr Zardari had left the country after thisspeech and remained abroad in ‘self-exile’ for 18 months or so. In that speech, Mr Zardari had remarked: “Army chiefs come and go every three years, but the political leadership is here to stay.We know the country better and we know how to run its affairs.” Clarifying on the matter of Mr Musharraf, Mr Sharif said: “Differences with Musharraf do not mean that one takes on an institution [army]. We had set certain conditions to be part of the PPP government [in 2008]. These included impeachment of Musharraf, restoration of judges and repeal of the 17th Amendment. I would like to ask Zardari who ditched whom. Not keeping his words Zardari had said such agreements were not the words of Hadith and the Quran.” The former prime minister also reminded Mr Zardari that he had come to him at his Raiwind residence along with a national political leader and insisted that all acts of Mr Musharraf should be validated by parliament, but “I refused straightaway”.