Warns of dangerous consequences if alleged pre-poll rigging did not stop
LAHORE: The former prime minister and patron in chief Mian Nawaz Sharif has voiced his serious concern and anguish over “one-sided accountability and targeting” of his party stalwarts by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and their disqualification by the courts.
“The country may face dangerous consequences if alleged pre-poll rigging did not stop”, Sharif said adding that his party (PML-N) had been denied a level playing field in the July 25 polls. He was of the view that a new history of rigging was being written. “PML-N is the only political party that is being targeted by NAB and courts, which amounts to pre-poll rigging”, he said. regretting the disqualification of former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and former state minister for privatization Daniyal Aziz the visibly perturbed Sharif said, “Have we not learned anything from the dismemberment of Pakistan,.
Talking to media men in London, Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said: “A dangerous game is being played, and its consequences will be dangerous for the country. Over the last several months, the court’s decisions have only been directed at me and my party men.”
Voicing his dismay over the arrest of Eng. Qamarul Islam, who is contesting election against Chaudhry Nisar in Rawalpindi, Mr Sharif asked PML-N workers to step in and run election campaingn for the arrested leader. Eng. Islam has been arrested by the anti-graft body (NAB) for his alleged involvement in Saaf Pani Company scam.
Meanwhile, the PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif also accused NAB of targeting his party and harming their political campaign ahead of the July 25 elections. “The PML-N’s leaders are being summoned by NAB in various cases at a time when there is less than a month left till polling day”, he said, adding that this was blatant pre-poll rigging.
Terming NAB’s action against his party men as political vengeance the younger Sharif said, “NAB’s vengeful attitude towards the PML-N is an effort to harm our election campaign. The arrests and disqualification of candidates leave a question mark on the transparency of the elections”. Demanded a level playing field for his party in the coming elections he said, “The PML-N is presenting itself before the court of people who should be allowed to give their verdict. We have written to the Election Commission to ensure that we get a level playing field under Article 218(3) of the Constitution”.
He maintained that all political parties should be allowed to run their campaigns freely. he also condemned the arrest of Eng. Islam saying that keeping the political leadership out of the electoral process does not auger well for the country.