Nawaz Sharif demands accountability for judges involved in his ouster

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for action against three retired Supreme Court judges who played a key role in his disqualification prior to the 2018 elections.

The demand for accountability, a long-standing issue for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, was notably devoid of any calls for action against former military officials.

Sharif, addressing a general council meeting in Lahore, reiterated his concerns about the legitimacy of his removal from office. “No country in the world sees judges removing a prime minister or a president,” said Sharif.

“On what grounds was I ousted from the party presidency?” he questioned, referencing a Supreme Court decision that disqualified him under Articles 62 and 63 of the Pakistani Constitution.

Sharif specifically targeted former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar and Justices Ijazul Ahsan and Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, alleging a conspiracy to install Imran Khan as Prime Minister. He claimed to possess an audio recording of Nisar admitting to the plot.

Additionally, Sharif called for an investigation into Justice Naqvi for alleged illegal asset accumulation, urging the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to take action.

Allegations of conspiracy

Expressing frustration, Sharif lamented the lack of public support following his ouster. “Why did the nation remain silent when I was unjustly removed from office?” he asked. Despite these setbacks, Sharif is poised to reclaim the PML-N presidency on May 28 after a six-year hiatus.

Sharif also recounted past conspiracies against his government, accusing former ISI chief Zaheerul Islam of orchestrating a plan with cleric Dr. Tahirul Qadri for a sit-in in Islamabad in 2014.

He alleged that PTI leader Imran Khan initially agreed to oppose the sit-in but later joined the plot against the PML-N government.

At the council meeting, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif was appointed acting president of the PML-N until Nawaz Sharif’s official return to the leadership role on May 28.

Shahbaz, who stepped down to make way for his brother, spoke about the injustices faced by Nawaz and the economic challenges these conspiracies had brought upon Pakistan.

As Nawaz Sharif prepares to reassume leadership of the PML-N, his calls for judicial accountability and public support underscore his ongoing battle to clear his name and restore his political standing.

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