Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar arrived at an accountability court in the federal capital.
The accountability court resumed hearing corruption references filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
The senior leadership of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and party workers were also present at the court amid tight security.
The court has summoned four witnesses of the prosecution including Malik Tayyab, Shehbaz, Mazhar Bangash and Rashid in today’s hearing. It is also expected to decide on declaring Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz proclaimed offenders.
Sharing his views just before the hearing with the media, the three-time former prime minister said that the ruling PML N has delivered despite frequent sit-ins against it.
The government has not been allowed to work properly and the sit-ins have been going on since 2014. “I’m talking about the PTI sit-in,” elaborated Nawaz Sharif.
“They (PTI leaders) are turning out to be liars,” Nawaz said, adding that corruption scandals against Imran Khan, Jahangir Tareen, Aleem Khan have also been public now.
“Judgements in our cases come very early. Don’t know how much time will be taken for decisions in their cases,” said the former prime minister.
He also claimed that the courts have “double standards” while dealing with their and others’ cases.
“Rules of the game should be equal,” he said, “Yardstick is different in our cases.”
While referring to remarks of the Supreme Court judges, he said that it was not appropriate for them to use words like “Sicilian Mafia and Godfather”.
He was of the view that the recent court judgments affected the economic growth of the country when the PML N government was successfully overcoming issues like terrorism and unemployment along with others.
Last week, the accountability court had accepted Nawaz Sharif’s application for exemption from hearings until November 27. However, the former prime minister along with his family members appeared before the court today.
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