Former prime minister of Pakistan and former president Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif said that the accountability court should delay its verdict in a corruption case against him and his family till he returns to the country.
Sharif’s statement comes a day after an accountability court in Islamabad reserved its judgment in the Avenfield properties case and said the verdict in the case involving him and his family would be announced on Friday.
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Talking to reporters in London, the 68-year-old three-time premier said he wants to hear the judgement in the case while standing in the courtroom where “I have endured more than 100 hearings with my daughter Maryam [Nawaz]”.
“I am not a dictator who will run away from the courts,”
Taking a dig at former Pakistan President and army chief Pervez Musharraf, who has refused to return to the country from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to face a slew of cases against him, Sharif said he will return to the country unlike some coward dictator who ran away.
Sharif was speaking to the media outside Harley Clinic in London where his wife, Kulsoom is undergoing treatment for throat cancer.
“My wife has been on a ventilator since last 21 days. I want to hear the verdict in the court room where I have presented myself with my daughter over 100 times,” he was quoted as saying by Pakistani media outlet Geo News.
The PML-N supremo said that irrespective of the decision, whether it is in his favor or not, he will return to Pakistan.
“I will return as soon as Kulsoom’s health improves,”
Sharif said that he will return as soon as his wife’s health improves. She also told the media that she underwent an operation, which was sucessful, only yesterday.
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The former prime minister said that the court gave verdict on the eligibility of a politician from Rawalpindi after reserving the decision for as many as three months.
“I am not asking for three months but a relief for some days,”
Sharif said Pakistan has had a history of verdicts remaining “unnecessarily” reserved for months, hence delaying the judgement of the Avenfield case for a few days “considering an extremely sensitive matter” would not violate any requisite of justice or law.