Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah claimed Friday that the PPP had “saved democracy” in 2014 when former president Asif Ali Zardari convinced Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif not to resign as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) turned up the political heat with its 2014 dharna.
The PTI’s 126-day-long sit-in in Islamabad had called for the resignation of the prime minister amid allegations that the 2013 General Election was rigged.
“Nawaz Sharif was going to resign. We stopped him. We said, ‘This is the Parliament’s war’,” Shah claimed while speaking to media in Karachi.“Asif Zardari went to Raiwind and showed the world that he had accepted Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister,” he added.
Earlier in March, PTI Chairman Imran Khan alleged that PM Nawaz struck a deal with Zardari to ‘save himself’ in the ongoing Panamagate corruption case.
“I have no doubt that Nawaz and Zardari have cut a deal, and that is why Zardari and Sharjeel Memon have returned to Pakistan while Dr Asim Hussain and Ayyan Ali were set free,” Khan said.
The PTI chairman added that the deal consists of the prime minister announcing projects in Sindh while Zardari is in Lahore.“The PPP is now repeating history, returning the favour that PML-N did to them by remaining silent for four years,” Khan had claimed.