‘Stunned’ PM cancels plan to address nation after adverse judgment

Published: April 21, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz might have heaved a sigh of relief – for now. But the storm is not over yet, though the ruling party euphoric over the Supreme Court verdict in the Panamagate case.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif conferred with his top political and legal aides to review the post-verdict situation. “Beyond joy and jubilation, there is much more than meets the eye,” said a source with firsthand knowledge of developments in the ruling party’s circles.

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According to the source, Sharif first decided to address the nation over the apex court verdict at 7pm on Thursday. But then he changed his mind on the advice of his legal wizards, who after skimming through the 549-page judgment discovered that “all is not well”.

Sources said the ruling party was deeply concerned that none of the five judges on the apex court bench has given Premier Sharif or his family a clean chit. Two judges recommended Sharif’s disqualification, while the rest called for a further probe by a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) while sharing strong observations against the Sharifs.

The PML-N believes the JIT formation would allow the opposition parties – the PTI and the PPP in particular – to exploit the situation by resorting to street agitation in pursuit of their demand for Premier Sharif to step down.

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Moreover, the ruling party is also worried that the JIT would also comprise representatives from the security agencies which cannot be influenced, it is learnt.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Sharif’s Adviser Ameer Muqam, however, struck a happy note. “Truth has triumphed today,” he said. “Our prayers have been granted.”

Asked about the bench’s strong observations regarding the Sharif family, he said: “I haven’t gone through the detailed judgment. Once I do, I’ll get back to you.”

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  • Parvez
    Apr 21, 2017 - 11:31AM

    In lay mans language…..he and his family and political party have been slapped on the face FIVE times by none other than the Supreme Court ……and yet their moral compas is so bent that they refuse to acknowledge this. If this had happened in any self respecting society the PM would have immediately stepped down.Recommend

  • salman
    Apr 21, 2017 - 11:32AM

    I think what must have happened is that the pmln ministers at the court on learning that nawaz has not been disqualified, rang nawaz immediately like good boys and told him he was cleared. Thus nawaz announced his address to the nation. Later on when they read the judgement, he must have realised that i cant go on TV and say 2 judges called me a liar and 3 want me investigated! The penny drops late for some lolRecommend

  • Aware Citizen
    Apr 21, 2017 - 12:23PM

    All channels refused to telecast his speech except PTV due to the reason it will spread anger and effect PMLN ratings.Recommend

  • Jalil
    Apr 21, 2017 - 12:47PM

    Both sides should restrain from humiliation of fellow human beings and avoid damaging each others dignity as nobles do like this.Recommend

  • Haris
    Apr 21, 2017 - 1:00PM

    PMLN ministers are only making fun of themselves by having mithais.Recommend

  • Zubair Khan
    Apr 21, 2017 - 1:59PM

    It means he has some wise counsells. Might be some one can suggest his to have some moral standings also and resign voluntarily. Sorry I forgot S Family does not care for morals.Recommend

  • Ifan chowhan
    Apr 21, 2017 - 4:24PM

    ALL INTITUTIONS ARE NATIONS INSTITUTIONS NOT PARTIES! WE SHOULD RESPECT THE VERDICT! EITHER IT SUITS US OR NOT!!Recommend

  • Maj gaurav arya
    Apr 21, 2017 - 11:49PM

    @Parvez:
    Wrong
    It was never about ethics ,respect or clearing their name. It was always about deception and manipulation of justice system to get away which they did successfully
    Pml N has every reason to celebrate Recommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 22, 2017 - 1:48PM

    @Maj gaurav arya: You are very wrong….they have not got off successfully as yet but the grounds have been laid to try get then off……the end result has still to be determined.Recommend

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