Published On: Wed, Feb 14th, 2018

Lodhran victory a public response to these cases, says Nawaz after corruption hearing

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ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday that Monday’s by-poll victory in Lodhran is “the public’s response to these cases,” adding that the “people of Pakistan are fighting my case. I salute them.”

According to unofficial results, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Iqbal Shah received 113,542 votes, while his competitor, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Ali Tareen, contesting his first election on his father’s seat, got 85,933 votes.

Nawaz was addressing the media after appearing before the accountability court hearing three National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references against him, daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar.

The references pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London. While Nawaz is accused in all three cases, Maryam and Safdar are named in the Avenfield reference only.

Talking to the media, Nawaz said he wonders how long such “supplementary references” will continue to be submitted. He was referring to the additional reference filed by NAB in the Avenfiled case and the expected filing of similar supplementary references in the other two cases.

“There’s nothing in them. They are the same references that have been re-packaged. Had there been any substantial truth and evidence in the original reference there’d be no need for additional references,” said Nawaz.

Terming the ongoing cases against him ‘victimsation in the name of accountability’, the three-time prime minister said “‘they’ want Nawaz punished one way or the other. But I’m happy the people of Pakistan are with us as seen in the [Lodhran] by-election result”. –Agencies


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