Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: Remarking the challenges and pressure increased as soon as the treason case was initiated against former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, Nawaz Sharif presented his six pages petition in “Awami Adalat” on Wednesday during a press conference held at Punjab House Islamabad.
“Dictatorships miserably harmed Pakistan and dictators must be penalized for their wrongdoings”, he said complaining that all the weapons are made for politicians.
Nawaz Sharif left the press conference after reading the six pages presser without giving the opportunity to trial the statement by journalists though.
Earlier on wednesday, while recording his statement for the third consecutive day in Avenfield reference, deposed premier refused to present witness in his defense and criticized: “prosecution has failed in proving me guilty then why should I bring my witnesses in defense?”
In his consistent diatribe against judiciary, he said “I was ousted merely on the basis of Iqama (work permit), yet I bowed before the Supreme Court’s verdict of disqualification from government office”.
The former prime minister completed his answers to 128-question-long questionnaire, prepared by the court in Avenfield reference, within three days.
In the beginning of the case hearing, Judge Mohammad Bashir, rejected the miscellaneous plea of the defence seeking to record answers of remaining five questions after completion of the cross-examination of witnesses in other two cases.
“When Musharraf left for the court in 2014 he directly went to the hospital as it was decided from before. Musharraf pretended to be sick and avoided the case hearings,” Nawaz said, adding the judges failed to send Musharraf behind bars for even one hour.
Nawaz, while recording his statement in the last five of the 128 questions asked by the accountability court, said that an intelligence agency officer had conveyed to him that he should resign or he would be sent on an extended leave.
“The purpose of the message was to question how dare I initiate an inquiry against Musharraf,” Nawaz said. The three-time premier also remarked that he was asked to make the parliament endorse the second martial law by Musharraf. “The message was conveyed to me by Asif Ali Zardari. However, I refused to do it.”
This is the conclusion of my actual crime, he added.
“If only you could summon the souls of Liaquat Ali Khan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto and ask them what happened,” he said, adding “If only all PMs could be summoned and asked why weren’t they allowed to complete their constitutional tenure?
“The sole purpose of the 2014 sit-ins was to pressurise me. PTV, parliament, PM House, President House none of them were safe from the plans of the elements causing unrest. Those who were making those plans thought I would be pressurised,” he added.
The former premier, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar are appearing before the court of accountability judge Muhammad Bashir.
Nawaz Sharif Press Confernece
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday in a press conference at Punjab House revealed that why the Avenfield reference was filed against him.
“I want to bring on record why the Avenfield reference was filed against me,” he said while addressing a presser at Punjab House in Islamabad.
Upholding his earlier statement that the Avenfield reference was filed against him as reciprocal punishment for taking legal action against Musharraf despite being warned not to do so, Nawaz said, “I was sent messages that the treason case against Musharraf would create problems for me.”
“Former president Asif Ali Zardari conveyed a message to endorse Musharraf’s second martial law,” he added.
“Empty cases have been filed against me following Panama Papers,” the former premier said.
Nawaz is holding a presser following his statement earlier today that the Avenfield reference was filed against him as reciprocal punishment for taking legal action against Musharraf despite being warned not to do so.
Recording his statement for the third consecutive day in Avenfield reference, Nawaz claimed that an intelligence agency officer had told him to “resign or he would be sent on an extended leave”.
The Avenfield reference, pertaining to the Sharif family’s London properties, is among three filed against the Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) last year on the Supreme Court’s directives.
The former premier said that once the proceedings started against Musharraf he had gauged that it would be hard to get the former military ruler convicted. “All the weapons are made for politicians,” Nawaz remarked.
The Avenfield reference, pertaining to the Sharif family’s London properties, is among three references filed against Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) last year on the instruction of the Supreme Court.