LAHORE: One day after being granted bail from the Supreme Court of Pakistan in the Paragon Housing Society scam, senior PML-N leaders Khawaja Muhammad Saad Rafique and his brother Khawaja Muhammad Salman Rafique were released from jail on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the apex court had approved the bail of the PML-N leaders in a corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The bail was granted against two surety bonds of Rs3 million each.
The SC, in its decision, observed that the petitioners had cooperated with the NAB during the trial. Justice Maqbool Baqir observed that the NAB had not yet provided clear evidence in the case.
Khawaja Saad Rafique spoke to media after release, saying that the PML-N is a party which is inclined towards moderation and it has also proven it. Saad Rafique said that we were standing with right side of the history with Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in past and are standing with him today also and will continue to do so in future also.
He said that the NAB should have to be abolished. “NAB and Pakistan cannot function together,” he said, adding that the probe body’s law is based on dishonesty. He said that the NAB law and other such black laws have no room in democratic country. He said the party will not change its stance, adding that the people of Pakistan are with them.
Saad Rafique asked PM Imran Khan to ‘learn to tolerate’ his opponents. He said that the government’s behavior will hamper the country’s progress. Saad Rafique said that we have no interest in toppling the government of Imran Khan because Imran Khan himself wants to topple his government. He said that the work of stealing the votes should have to be stopped in Pakistan, adding that if vote theft is not stopped then we will continue to make journey within the circle.