- NAB says story of ‘real accountability’ has started just now, vows to expose everyone involved
- Deposed PM says corruption cases against him being managed to ensure PML-N’s defeat in upcoming elections
ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said that the corruption cases against him are being managed with just one goal: “to punish Nawaz Sharif”, drawing strong criticism from the anti-corruption watchdog, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Addressing media outside the accountability court conducting corruption proceedings against him and his family, the three-time premier claimed that some people do not want the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to be victorious in the upcoming general elections.
The PML-N supremo said, “But God has His own plans,” and added that this is not the Senate election which can be stopped, “this is a storm of the people”. He went on to say, “We did not boycott the case even though my heart told me to. Instead, we are contesting it.”
Calling contesting the case “right decision”, the PML-N supremo said that “JIT’s lies and Panama bench’s decisions have been exposed during the proceedings”.
“The JIT’s clever tricks against me have been exposed,” he said, adding that Wajid Zia has failed to disclose any corruption.
“The entire nation knows the truth now. The court gave its decision on ‘Iqama’ and imaginary income,” he claimed further.
During Wednesday’s proceedings, Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head Wajid Zia had stated that there was no document to show that ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif was the owner or had remained the owner of the Avenfield Apartments at any point in time.
The statement was made as Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Harris began cross-examination of the National Accountability Bureau’s ‘star witness’ in the Avenfield reference against the Sharif family. Harris had asked Zia if there was any document proving that the Avenfield properties belonged to Nawaz to which Zia answered in the negative.
‘REAL STORY WILL BE EXPOSED SOON’:
On the other hand, taking strong exception to Nawaz’s criticism, NAB on Monday said that the ‘drop scene’ of the so-called ‘accountability drama’ had been screened earlier, and the real story based on facts had begun to surface right now.
“Each and every character involved in the story would be exposed,” the accountability watchdog said in a statement.
It further said, “NAB has nothing to do with the elections. It works only in accordance with the law and will continue to perform its duties according to its mandate.”
The statement also said that the allegations of rigging in elections had been levelled to tarnish NAB’s credibility. “Such allegations cannot frustrate the bureau’s firm resolve to perform its duties in accordance with the law.”