ISLAMABAD: These were the ominous words of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) leader and future candidate for villain in a Bond movie, Senator Nehal Hashmi. Hashmi was referring to the joint investigation team (JIT) which had been tasked by the Supreme Court to further investigate Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s financial holdings, which has been the subject of the Panama Papers controversy in Pakistan.
“The prime minister has declared Nehal Hashmi’s speech as an irresponsible one,” said a PML-N spokesperson. In addition, Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb confirmed that Hashmi’s party membership was suspended and he had been issued a show-cause notice. Statements against legal institutions will not be tolerated,” she said.
Many believed that this passionate defence of democracy by the PML-N leadership was motivated less by a love for accountability and more by the outrage that had followed Hashmi’s comments on social media. A video of his speech was highly publicised, and became the topic of conversation on social media platforms across the country.
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