Former prime minister (PM) Pakistan and former president Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) says that he has been punished for trying to reestablish the course of democracy in Pakistan’s 70-year political history. He was referring to the 10-year prison sentence handed to him on Friday by an accountability court.
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Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz-Safdar were holding a press conference in London only hours after the Avenfield verdict was announced. Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to ten years, Maryam Nawaz-Safdar seven years, and Capt (retd) Safdar Awan was sentenced to one year in prison.
While talking to the media, Nawaz Sharif said that he will struggle for Pakistan until the end of his time. “I promise that I will continue this struggle until Pakistanis are free of the chains that they are kept in for saying the truth,”
“I will continue my struggle till the people of Pakistan are not freed of the slavery imposed on them by some generals and judges,”
Nawaz remarked that if the punishment for “demanding respect for the vote is jail, I am coming to face it”, adding that he will “not be a slave to those who violate their oath and the Constitution of Pakistan”.
The former premier did not specify when exactly he’ll return to the country. When asked about it, he said the deteriorating health of his wife Kulsoom Nawaz was the reason for him not being able to return to the country immediately. He, however, hinted that he’ll return soon.
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Maryam Nawaz-Safdar, who was sitting beside her father, said that it was easy for her to take the way of reconciliation like her contemporaries in politics “and not say anything against anyone and have a bright future”, but she decided against it.