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Rigged elections have always hurt Pakistan, says Nawaz Sharif

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Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that rigged elections have always hurt Pakistan and its democratic setup and everything should be done to make sure the upcoming elections are held in a free and fair environment.

Nawaz Sharif spoke on Pakistani politics for the first time since his arrival in London

Speaking for the first time in almost two weeks, the former President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said “If elections are rigged and not held in a free and fair atmosphere then it will create further problems and instability in the country in future. It’s best that the elections are held free and fair.”

Speaking about the controversial arrest of Qamar-ul-Islam only days after he stood up against Chaudhry Nisar for NA seat, Sharif said “These things create concerns. Not only that such actions should be avoided but should never happen.”

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I came to London for three to four days, but upon learning about Kalsoom’s health, I decided to stay, says Nawaz

“I want to go back and participate in elections. I have attended nearly 100 NAB court appearances so that the cases against me should reach to some conclusion. I came to London for three to four days for Eid but what has happened is Allah’s will,” he said.

“I came here with different intention but now I have to stay here because of her situation. She is still on the ventilator and her situation hasn’t changed much.”

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The whole world has eyes set on the upcoming general elections, says Nawaz

When asked about reports in western press about the alleged rigging of elections, he said that the whole world is witnessing what’s happening.

“We shouldn’t make a laughing stock of ourselves because whenever elections have been rigged, results have been horrible for our country. We need to avoid that,” the former premier said.

Noting that what’s being reported is reflective of what’s happening in Pakistan, he said, “Not only Pakistan, but the whole world is watching.”

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