July 10, 2017

People, not institutions, gave Nawaz right to govern: PML-N

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Sunday Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was given the right to rule by the people, not any institution.

Nawaz previously faced match fixing in 1993 and 1999 but everyone must know that no match would now be fixed, said Khawaja Asif. He said they would sacrifice everything, including the government, for the motherland but would not allow damaging the sanctity of vote.

He said the PML-N respected the judiciary in letter and spirit, adding that the prime minister would complete his term and assume the office of prime minister for the fourth time in 2018. Addressing a ceremony in Sialkot, he said Imran Khan had stated that no one should ask questions from him but the nation would do so in 2018.

He said Imran was a “Banarsi thug” who usurped the Zakat money collected in the name of his mother and wanted to destabilise the country but he would not succeed in his nefarious designs.

Khawaja Asif said the PTI chief should be ready for his own search instead of avoiding accountability. Imran posed no confidence in the ECP, which was a constitutional body.

On the other hand, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said Imran was continuously running away from his own accountability and had been involved in attacking the state institutions.

He said the PTI chief was hesitating to appear before the ECP, present himself before the ECP and not providing detail of his party’s foreign funding. Imran should share his money trail instead of levelling baseless allegations against others, Saad added.

The railways minister said they knew who was playing a game against the ruling party. The enemies of Nawaz and democracy must know that neither there would be any anarchy in the country nor the prime minister would leave the office according to their will, said the federal minister.

He said local and international agendas were behind the current developments.

He said they didn’t know controversial people would be included in the JIT, adding, “If JIT does anything wrong, then it can be criticised as it is not the apex court itself.” He said the JIT started some other business, ignoring the objectives for which it had been formed.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb, in an interview, said the JIT could not formulate a report ignoring the Constitution and law.

Separately, Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said the Sharif family had presented itself for accountability on the Panama Papers issue from the day one.

Talking to a private news TV channel, he said Imran had threatened for boycott if the
apex court formed a commission on the Panama Papers. “We are using our constitutional right to show reservations on the investigation process of JIT," he added.

Tariq said the Qatari prince was ready to give an interview to JIT at his office in Qatar but the JIT was reluctant to do so, which was beyond understanding. The JIT report would be considered incomplete without recording of the statement of Qatari prince, he added.

And in Karachi, Talal Chaudhry said his party was hopeful of getting justice from the Supreme Court. Talking to media persons at the Quaid-e-Azam International Airport, Talal said the PML-N had a history of struggle for the rule of law and it had also rendered matchless sacrifices for the cause of independent judiciary.

He said the prime minister and his family members had appeared before the JIT to expose the conspiracy hatched against the PML-N government. The ensuing developments, he said, had made it very clear that the Sharif family was being victimised, adding that the umpire would have to change his approach.



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