Won’t stop whether taken to prison or gallows: Nawaz

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Observer Report

London

Pakistan Muslim League-N supremo Nawaz Sharif Wednesday said that he was returning to the country leaving his wife Kulsoom in Allah’s protection.
Speaking at a news conference, the former premier said that he wished to see his wife opening her eyes again, requesting the nation to pray for her recovery.
He said that he was returning “despite seeing a prison cell in front of him.”
“I am returning to fulfil the promise of giving respect to vote,” Nawaz said, adding that he would not abandon his nation. He said that he would not stop now whether he was taken to prison or gallows.
Speaking of the Avenfield reference verdict, the former premier noted that it was written in the verdict that Nawaz had been absolved of corruption charges. “It had to be written in the verdict that no evidence of corruption could be found against me,” he said.
“Is there any Pakistani whose three generations had to face such sort of accountability?” Sharif criticised the court’s decision to sentence his daughter to seven years in jail, saying those who did so “did not even remember in their hate the stature of daughters in Pakistan”.
“These people have not given a prison sentence to my daughter, they have given the sentence to every daughter of this nation,” he said, amidst chants of “Wazir-i-azam [prime minister] Nawaz Sharif!”
Sharif claimed that the accountability judge had said that no evidence of corrupt practices was found against him.
“When they could not find anything for a year, they looked for the iqama, and said that I did not take an imaginary salary from my son,” he alleged, adding that he was sentenced in the corruption reference even though no corruption was proven against him.
“The problem here is that they have found two different standards of justice — one standard is for me, the other is for the ladlas [favourites].”
“Ask those who dance at the news of me being sent to Adiala [jail], how was a person whose name didn’t appear in the Panama leaks sent to prison?”
He once again criticised the Supreme Court-sanctioned joint investigation team that was formed during the Panamagate case, asking whether such a JIT was formed ever before which included representatives of military intelligence agencies. “Have these things been done through secret WhatsApp calls ever before?” he asked.

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