Nawaz vows to continue ‘struggle for democracy’

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Says PM in Pakistan is either disqualified or hanged

Staff Reporter

Islamabad

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday that all civilised countries in the world had progressed through democracy, while dictatorships had failed to deliver everywhere in the world.
He was speaking to PML-N workers after appearing at an accountability court at the Punjab House here on Tuesday.
“What has been happening in the country for the past 70 years is very unfortunate,” he said. “Sometimes the prime minister is removed, at others he is hanged. Sometimes he is arrested and at others sent in exile.”
Nawaz Sharif said that he will continue the struggle for democracy with his workers and other political parties. “Soon you and I will take a vow for Pakistan’s development,” he told the gathering.
Nawaz Sharif continued his criticism of the Panama Papers verdict, reiterating that “the people had rejected the court’s decision.”
The former Premier said, “Party workers and the people of Pakistan are standing with me.” According to reports, the former prime minister was visibly upset at how the Faizabad sit-in panned out.
Earlier, in a meeting with Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Minister of State for Interior Affairs Talal Chaudhry, Nawaz Sharif was briefed on the Faizabad operation.
He expressed reservations over the failure of the civil administration in dealing with the protesters and asked the ministers to fix responsibility for the crisis as it had become a cause of embarrassment for the government.
In a separate meeting with close aides Raja Zafarul Haq, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Asif Kirmani, Tariq Fatemi and Ameer Muqam, Nawaz Sharif discussed the legal and political course of action following his appearances at the accountability court.
He also met with Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mahmood Khan Ahakzai, who informed him of his meetings with the PPP leadership, sources said. The PML-N chief’s appearance in PkMAP’s gathering in Quetta also came under discussion.
The participants of the meeting also discussed the situation arising following the resignation of Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid and deliberated over the measures to be taken next.
Moreover, the PML-N president vowed to work with other political parties and workers to safeguard democracy. The corruption references against the former premier and his family were also discussed in the meeting.
Reiterating his stance over Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case, the deposed premier said the decision was contrary to facts and did not get approval from the masses. The former prime minister said he had a lot of issues to speak about in front of the media, which he will do at an appropriate time.

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