Would’ve made ‘New Pakistan’ if wasn’t ousted, says Nawaz

Islamabad Politics Report: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif claimed on Monday that had he not been ousted from office, had he been allowed to complete his tenure as prime minister, a ‘Naya Pakistan’ would have been made.

While talking to the media outside the accountability court conducting corruption proceedings against him and his family, he said that he would have taken the country to new heights in terms of development and progress.

“Various quarters continued to pull at the government’s legs,” he lamented.

Speaking about his political rival Imran Khan’s public gathering in Lahore on Sunday, Nawaz said they have been listening to Imran’s hollow claims since the last several years.

The former premier went on to compare Lahore to Peshawar, Karachi and Quetta and claimed there’s a visible difference in the level of development among the cities.

“I won’t be able to inaugurate the new Islamabad airport and the motorway from Lahore to Multan,” he lamented and added that it was his hard work and commitment which brought the projects to light.

Speaking about the corruption trial, Nawaz claimed these are artificial cases and their results will not be accepted.

“These decisions are not in the country’s interest,” he asserted.

Earlier, speaking to the media inside the courtroom, citing the recent detente between China and India, Nawaz regretted that “we have learned nothing from history”.

An accountability court conducting corruption proceedings against the Sharif family will record the statement of last witness, National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) Investigation Officer Imran Dogar, in the Avenfield case today.

Judge Mohammad Bashir is conducting the proceedings.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law captain (retd) Safdar are present in the court.

The NAB investigation officer and the DG operations are the last two persons to record their statements regarding the case.

At the last hearing on April 24, Maryam’s counsel Amjad Pervez had conducted cross-examination of prosecution witness Zahir Shah.

Shah, who is NAB’s DG Operations, had said he had acquired a copy of Volume X of the JIT report through a letter of the Supreme Court (SC) registrar.

However, he had said that the contents of the volume were not shared by him with anyone but the investigation officer.

According to the documents acquired by Shah, the Sharif family’s London apartments were transferred to the possession of offshore companies Nielson and Nescoll in 1993-1995, and not in 2005-2006.

Nawaz Sharif, in his previous statements, had said that the Avenfield properties were transferred in the name of the companies in 2005-2006 and that they belonged to his children. Nawaz’s children Hussain and Hasan were young in 1993-95 and did not have any source of income. Therefore, they cannot be considered owners of the properties and thus the former premier was their real owner, the documents state.

The Avenfield properties reference is among three cases filed against Nawaz and his family by NAB in 2017 on the Supreme Court’s directives.

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