Better go home than to jail, Siraj tells Nawaz

Published: August 20, 2017
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QUETTA: Ameer Jamat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq has said that Nawaz Sharif will have to accept the Supreme Court verdict over his disqualification as no one is above the law, and everyone, including politicians, judges and generals, must be held accountable.

Talking to journalists at the Quetta Press Clubs on Saturday, Haq said: “Nawaz Sharif and his family’s refusal to appear before the accountability court has set a negative precedent as it encourages the ordinary citizen to disrespect courts.”

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He said: “Nawaz Sharif should have accepted the court’s verdict but he chose to stage a march on the GT Road, proving that elitist politicians do not respect the judiciary … It is better to go home than to go to jail on corruption charges.”

JI Ameer said that his party had launched its anti-corruption drive 16 months ago, adding that it sought to hold all corrupt elements in society to account.

“We tried to devise terms of reference (ToRs), but the government refused to accept them that forced us to file a petition in the Supreme Court against Nawaz Sharif and his family,” he said.

Stressing the need for across-the-board accountability, Haq said his party called for the accountability of the PML-N government and of the PPP and Musharraf regimes because “it is corruption that damaged Pakistan more than terrorism”.

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He stressed the need for devising an impartial accountability system in the country to hold all corrupt elements – whether politicians, bureaucrats, judges or generals – accountable.

Referring to the law and order situation in Balochistan, the JI Ameer said: “Despite allocating more than Rs30 billion for security, Balochistan is still bleeding, indicating a precarious law and order situation in the province.”

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  • rustam
    Aug 20, 2017 - 10:14AM

    “He stressed the need for devising an impartial accountability system in the country to hold all corrupt elements – whether politicians, bureaucrats, judges or generals – accountable.”
    Well said, thank you.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Aug 20, 2017 - 12:31PM

    JI and NAB are both the mouth pieces of Rawalpindi. You cannot expect any independent stance from them.Recommend

  • Simple Truth
    Aug 20, 2017 - 8:43PM

    Mr Siraj-ul-Haq, first answer to the accusations that have been levelled against you as “Finance Minister” of KP; come clean yourself first, before preaching others. As well, I think all those who had been used as instruments for legitimizing Martial Laws (including JI + other party leaders, all PCO judges) should be tried under article 6. They all did a great disservice to this country, and should be tried and punished indiscriminately!Recommend

  • Gopal
    Aug 21, 2017 - 12:58AM

    The Rangers need to pick up Nawaz and his daughter Maryam
    and produce them before NAB. The sons Hassan and Hussein
    have already absconded to London.Recommend

  • Raghu
    Aug 23, 2017 - 12:16PM

    Respected JI leader. You have said to Nawaz to go home rather than Jail. Sir, i would like to point out that a criminal does not have an option to go home. He has to go to jail at any cost. So please reconsider your statement coz we the people will not let Nawaz go home this time!Recommend

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