Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan expressed his outrage on Tuesday over deposed PM Nawaz Sharif being provided with "official protocol".
Nawaz returned to Pakistan from London on Monday and then appeared before an accountability court on Tuesday for the hearing of National Accountability Bureau references against him.
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Imran, in a tweet, regretted that a "disgraced" and disqualified PM, who faces charges of tax evasion, forgery and money laundering, was being given "official protocol", describing it as shameful.
The official protocol given to a disgraced, disqualified PM, also accused of tax evasion, forgery, money laundering etc, is shameful.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 26, 2017
The PTI chief further tweeted that the move sent a wrong message to the society, that the powerful can break laws with impunity. "Clearly this is mafia rule not democracy," he added.
Sends wrong message to society: that the powerful can break laws with impunity. Clearly this is mafia rule not democracy. https://t.co/mwAqevE5er— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 26, 2017
Imran also called for the resignation of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief for visiting Nawaz in London.
IB head must resign immediately. What was he doing visiting a disqualified PM in London over 4 days at taxpayer expense?— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 26, 2017
IB head is an official of the State paid for by taxpayers. His duty is to the state not to the Sharif family. https://t.co/c0eFLa5ORk— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 26, 2017
Nawaz returned to Pakistan on Monday after spending more than three weeks in London and went straight into several consultation sessions with party leaders about his future plans.
He left for London on August 30 days after his wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, was diagnosed with lymph node cancer. Since then, she had undergone three surgeries in the British capital, with Sharif and their sons beside her.
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A five-member Supreme Court bench had disqualified Nawaz from the PM’s office on July 28 for failing to declare a salary, which he had not withdrawn as an executive of Dubai-based company, as an asset when filing his nomination papers in 2013.
An accountability court twice summoned five members of the Sharif family and the incumbent Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in four NAB references filed against them in line with apex court’s July 28 verdict.
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