Judiciary to remain tainted till accountability of Musharraf: Bilawal

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LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday said that the black spot on the judiciary would remain intact until the accountability of former military dictator Pervez Musharraf.

Talking to the media at the residence of the late noted journalist, poet and writer Munnu Bhai where he went to offer condolence to the members of his family, Bilawal said that the Supreme Court (SC) should hold Musharraf accountable along with former premier Nawaz Sharif.

“If Musharraf is not held accountable, there will be weight in Nawaz Sharif’s narrative. The law should be equal for all,” he said.

PPP Central Punjab President Qamar Zaman Kaira also accompanied him on the visit.

Bilawal further said that Nawaz Sharif should accept the court’s verdict.

“Where was the sanctity of the vote when Nawaz Sharif was the prime minister? The PML-N is making legislation for an individual which is not fair. The PML-N leaders are not used to be held accountable. They should be held accountable for not only Panama Papers but also for plunder of 30 years. Nawaz Sharif is an expert in staging dramas,” he said.

Earlier, Bilawal announced a rigorous party membership campaign in Punjab after Senate elections in which PPP would hold rallies in different cities of the province.

PPP would cover Sheikhupura, Kasur, Gujrat, Sargodha, Okara and other adjoining cities in the first phase of the campaign.

Bilawal also sought the final schedule of the public gatherings from the Punjab wing of PPP and directed them to get ready to exercise political muscles in the province.

Meanwhile, Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified as the head of his party by the SC on Wednesday, said that the recent decisions of the apex court were “person-specific”.

Talking to the media outside the accountability court hearing corruption cases against him and his family, Nawaz said that SC’s verdict was not an unexpected one for him.

“They first paralysed the executive and snatched his authority,” he said, adding that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the same in Parliament recently.

“Now they have done the same with the Parliament,” said the former premier.

In the aftermath of the apex court’s verdict, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said that the PML-N’s nominees can contest the upcoming Senate polls as independent candidates.

The apex court announced its verdict on petitions challenging the Elections Act 2017 on Wednesday, ruling that a person disqualified under Article 62 and 63 could not serve as the head of a political party.

 

 

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