Sharif family is a master of lies, deceit and hypocrisy, says Bilawal Bhutto

PPP chief states ruling family wants to dictate judicial decisions, warns party will not tolerate attacks on judiciary

News Desk February 21, 2018
PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari with his family. PHOTO: FILE PHOTO

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the Sharif family is the master of lies, deceit and hypocrisy, according to messages posted by the PPP chief on the social media website Twitter.

Apparently criticising the decision of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to bring its tussle with the judiciary into the parliament, Bilawal warned that the Sharif family was playing a dangerous game.

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The PPP chief also shared a video snippet of an infamous conversation between Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Justice (retd) Abdul Qayyum, in which the former can be heard asking the judge to "take care" of a case against former PML-N Member of National Assembly (MNA) Chaudhry Sarwar.

"This is what conspiracy and judicial victimisation looks like. Sharifs dictating judgments against Benazir Bhutto and Asif Zardari," Bhutto noted.

"Blackmailing judges is justice, while the Panama decision, based on an international scandal, is called conspiracy. Sharifs are masters at this game of lies, deceit and hypocrisy," he added.

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Sharing another taped conversation between Justice (retd) Abdul Qayyum and former National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairperson Saifur Rehman, the PPP chief stressed that the Sharifs wanted to dictate judgments to the judiciary again.

"We will not let them. They don’t understand Pakistan has changed. We will not tolerate such attacks or blackmail on our judiciary," Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari reiterated.

Bilawal media talk

While speaking to media in Lahore on Wednesday, Bilawal stated that it was PML-N who got Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari punished as Shehbaz Sharif and Saifur Rehman forced the judges to pass a verdict. He also stated that he thinks PML-N wants to impose their decisions on the judiciary.

Saying he doesn't support institutional conflicts, he said parliament and the Constitution are the two most supreme institutions of the country.

Bilawal further stated that if judicial reforms are needed, they shouldn't be a controversial reform. "You need to sit with lawyers, civil society and others to form laws and amendments," said the PPP chairman.

Saying Punjab's current politics disheartens him, Bilawal said his party wants to make Lahore "progressive and peaceful."

He further stated that it's a joke with the nation when the longest serving Prime Minister of the country [Nawaz Sharif], who still enjoys government in the federation, "acts as if he's in the opposition."