Shahbaz Sharif refutes media reports on plea bargain, says never met NAB chief or made any offer

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By M. Sarwar

LONDON: Pakistan’s opposition leader and Head of Pakistan Muslim League (N), Mian Shahbaz Sharif has categorically refuted media reports on offering any sort of plea bargains to NAB to ensure his safety and making Hamza Sharif as chief minister of  Punjab.

Addressing a press conference along with former finance minister Ishaq Dar here at a central London hotel on Saturday afternoon, Shahbaz Sharif rejected reports of meeting with NAB chairman or offering any monetary deal to him against the cases. Naming a journalist Javed Choudhry who has written about the possible deal in his Urdu column, Shahbaz Sharif said that it is completely wrong, he has not suggested any deal and even never met NAB Chairman. If he (Chairman NAB) has proofs in defence of this column which has quoted him, he should make it public.

(Javed Choudhry, a Pakistani journalist has reportedly written in his column in a Pakistani newspaper few days before quoting NAB chairman Justice ® Javed Iqbal that Shahbaz Sharif has suggested a deal of returning billions of rupees and appointing Hamza Sharif as chief minister of Punjab.) “There is no fault or disturbance in my mind that I would offer any deal to NAB and I completely deny any such deal which is being discussed in Pakistan nowadays”, Shahbaz said.

Shahbaz Sharif, the former chief minister of Punjab, said that Pakistan is heading towards absolute anarchy and destruction. The opponents are going through the worst vendetta by the PTI government. “I never saw any biggest liar in seventy years of Pakistan history as Imran Khan is”, Shahbaz Sharif remarked.

 “It is old habit of Imran Khan to take hasty decisions without thinking of ramifications and at the end takes U-turn which proves that his upper chamber (mind) is empty” added.

Replying to a question, Shabaz Sharif refuted all cases against him and his elder brother Nawaz Sharif as false and groundless. “These baseless and fabricated cases were the products of a well calculated conspiracy aimed to bring bad name to Sharif family. The time would prove it and that day is not far when the whole world would witness from its own eyes that Imran Govt was nothing but absolutely a white lie”.

About his return to Pakistan, Shahbaz Sharif said that he would definitely go back and will negate another propaganda of the government against it. “My two to three medical tests are due in few weeks time and after completion these test, there would be no justification for him to stay further in London”.

 “Imran Khan Government is totally failed, economic situation of the country is ruined and people particularly the poor people are crying due to price hike and non-availability of basic items of daily use. Local investors are avoiding investing then how come foreign investors will invest in Pakistan. Not possible at all”, he said.

 “Pakistan has suffered a lot at the hands of Imran Khan and his party and they didn’t let country work by their ‘dharna’ (protest) for seven months and due to this agitation, Chinese President could not arrived to finalise the deal of CPEC”, Shahbaz referred.

He said that PML-N Government in Punjab had produced 11,000 mega watts electricity and now Imran Khan is taking credit of it which is wrong against facts. Shahbaz Sharif confirmed that a comprehensive movement would be launched against the government after Eid and detailed programme would be announced soon.

On Indian elections, Shahbaz Sharif said that theIndian people have given mandate to BJP and we all should respect this confidence and trust as this is the spirit of democracy and regards to masses’ decision”.

He was asked that BJP has got massive support and mandate by the people to form the second time government for five years, how do you see the future of Pak- India relations following the last five month with full tension and hostility.