Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday his party will not accept at any cost the efforts being made to ‘engineer’ the upcoming general elections.
“The nation will not accept these things; the PML-N won’t accept these things at any cost,” the party’s supremo said while talking to reporters in London.
Nawaz questioned ECP’s decision to deploy soldiers inside polling stations. “I don’t understand the logic of sending [the troops] inside the polling booths,” he said.
Reiterating that a campaign against the PML-N is ongoing, Nawaz asked who was behind the candidates contesting the elections with the symbol of jeep. “Our candidates were forced to change their loyalties and election symbol.”
Earlier today, spokesperson of the armed forces Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor pledged the institution’s full support for the upcoming polls and said all ‘forces’ that wanted to postpone the elections have slowly withered away.
The PML-N supremo and his daughter earlier announced to surrender to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on their return to the country on Friday following the Avenfield verdict.
Last week, in a verdict which will echo across the political landscape of the country for decades, the accountability court hearing the Avenfield reference sentenced Nawaz to 10-years imprisonment and Maryam to seven years.