More than a week after Nawaz Sharif was disqualified in a landmark judgement by the top court, the former PM said on Sunday he did not want a clash between institutions but would expose the “conspiracy” behind his disqualification.
The Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz on his failure to disclose his ‘un-withdrawn receivables, constituting assets’ in his nomination papers filed ahead of the 2013 general elections. It also ordered filing of references against him, his children and son-in-law.
“I will not yield to pressure despite the fact that I was subjected to exploitation under the garb of accountability,” Nawaz said during an informal talk with the businessmen of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
The PML-N leader added that he accepted the Supreme Court’s verdict because he believed in the supremacy of law. However, he opined, the masses had not accepted it.
He added that those who had looted billions of rupees were still at large, and others who had breached the Constitution were also not punished.
Nawaz questioned if the Panama Papers had only named his family [who were subjected to accountability] and nobody else.
The masses, he maintained, had given its mandate [to the PML-N], and added that “civilian authority should be accepted”.
On Friday, the ruling party picked Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the next PM, while Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif is believed to be a strong candidate to be ‘permanent’ premier after the by-election for NA-120, the seat left vacant after Nawaz’s disqualification..