Fear of imprisonment keeping Nawaz abroad: Aitzaz Ahsan

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and Opposition Leader in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan said on Saturday that former PM Nawaz Sharif feared that he would be treated in the same manner as former Sindh minister Sharjeel Memon, and this was preventing him from coming back to Pakistan.

“Everything in Pakistan seems to be going in the wrong direction,” he commented, saying that it was problematic that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was the one making calls to Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif while it should be the other way around.

He said that there were speculations about Nawaz Sharif striking a deal similar to the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). He said that only he could strike such a deal with the prime minister, and that Sharif was helpless if Abbasi refused.

Ahsan said corruption cases in Punjab and Sindh were major challenges for the newly appointed National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman.

“Despite being indicted, Sharif is roaming freely but Sharjeel Memon, who is yet to be indicted, is behind bars,” he added.