ISLAMABAD: Deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif responded to the Supreme Court's verdict barring him from heading the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) after disqualifying him as prime minister last year, by suggesting the top court to take away his identity.
Addressing media outside an accountability court in Islamabad where he is under trial in connection with three interim and three supplementary references of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the three-time ex-prime minister hinted that the next move would be to deprive him of doing politics by disqualifying him for life.
Nawaz said that in the judgment of July 28, 2017, the Supreme Court had ‘snatched’ his premiership and now his party leadership was snatched in the verdict of February 21.
“My name is Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. If you [SC] want to snatch it then take it away.”
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Nawaz also suggested to the top court to find aclause which can take away his name, adding that if it was not available in the law then the superior court should consult the Black’s Law Dictionary.
The ousted PM claimed that the SC took help from the dictionary while taking away premiership from him last year by disqualifying him on the basis of ‘imaginary salary’ from his son.
He said that there is no law in Pakistan that paves the way for disqualifying a prime minister over imaginary salary from his son and for having an ‘Iqama’.
Reflecting on the February 21 judgment, Nawaz alleged that the decision was based on the same reasons that had earlier been used to disqualify him – “it was envisaged to disqualify me for lifetime from politics.”
He alleged that the decisions were being given in revenge.
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