ISLAMABAD: Some unidentified individuals – who appeared to be activists of the PML-N lawyers’ wing – tried to mount a planned assault on members of the NAB’s prosecution team inside the accountability court, asserted a comprehensive report filed on Friday.
The report, submitted to top hierarchy at NAB Headquarters, detailed all proceedings pending against members of the Sharif family and federal finance minister Ishaq Dar. It also contained details of events that occurred inside the court, which led to the hearing to be adjourned.
Report stated that some PML-N lawyers manhandled the head of NAB’s prosecution team Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi as they tried to take over the dais just before the case proceedings began.
It stated that the head of the prosecution team was pushed around when he refused to leave his position.
Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan accused the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of adopting negative tactics against the judiciary to stop the accountability of the Sharif family.
“Clearly, the PML-N is hell-bent on destroying all state institutions. People must be prepared to defend state institutions,”
Imran tweeted hours after chaos ensued in the accountability court, forcing the judge to defer the indictment of former PM Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law in corruption references.
PML-N, Imran contended, was attacking the judiciary in a bid to weaken state institutions. “The destruction of state institutions will lead to the disintegration of the state. The nation must counter this Sharif agenda,” he said.
Imran said that this was not the first time the PML-N had attacked the judiciary to avoid accountability. “This is PML-N’s second attack on the judiciary … They mounted an attack today to protect the more than Rs30 billion loot they (the Sharifs) stashed abroad.”
Criticising Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, the PTI chief maintained: “Now we know why Ahsan Iqbal resorted to this drama over Rangers’ presence in NAB court — it was (a ruse) to leave the accountability judge unprotected.”