Will not abandon the country, even if jailed: Nawaz

Published: July 11, 2018
Addressing Pakistani community in London, deposed PM says he is coming back to restore 'supremacy of the people'. EXPRESS NEWS SCREEN GRAB

Addressing Pakistani community in London, deposed PM says he is coming back to restore 'supremacy of the people'. EXPRESS NEWS SCREEN GRAB

Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that he will not abandon the nation even if jailed or taken to the gallows.

Nawaz and daughter Maryam Nawaz will return home on Friday [July 13] to surrender to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) following the Avenfield verdict. Addressing the Pakistani community in London accompanied by his daughter, the PML-N supremo said, “I am returning to my people because my country is in trouble.”


Those spreading propaganda that I’ve sought political asylum should know that I am coming back, he confidently said. The deposed premier further said that he intends to “honour the votes” even if he is going behind bars. Nawaz further said that his decision to return came despite the deteriorating health of wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

“I owe it to the nation that elected me as prime minister three times.”

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“We will restore the supremacy of the people,” Nawaz said, reiterating that there was no shred of evidence of corruption against him or his family. “The Sharif family has been facing accountability for three generations,” he added. There are two standards of justice; one for him and one for the ‘beloved’, Nawaz said, in an veiled jibe at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan.

The former PM then went on to say that he respects each institution of the country and carries momentous love for martyrs and troops of the armed forces. “Strength of the institutions is tantamount to strength of the country,” he stressed.

On July 6, 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.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Aamir
    Jul 12, 2018 - 1:13AM

    The whole nation is waiting to welcome you. Brave leader!Recommend

  • Ranjha
    Jul 12, 2018 - 5:50AM

    Please make his wish come true …. take him to the gallows. And please spare the little princess…she will die her own death boiling her liver in anger and despair!Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Jul 12, 2018 - 7:02AM

    Only civilian supremacy can keep this state in one piece. Recommend

  • salman
    Jul 12, 2018 - 10:16AM

    yes you will else your daughter’s political career would had been over before even started. you are done anywaysRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 12, 2018 - 11:28AM

    ‘Will not abandon the country…..” that is what the country is afraid off!Recommend

  • aamir aqil
    Jul 12, 2018 - 12:02PM

    Well said Mian Sahib, seems you have a very short memory, try to go down the memory lane you will find yourself enjoying a luxurious life in Sarror palace , hospitality of KSA , was that not the abandoning of the country? with beg and baggage and you kept on denying the existence of an agreement. It looks the one who wrote your speech was not aware of your enjoyable stay in KSA,, next time please instruct your speech writers to show you it before you come infront of media. Recommend

  • Manzoor Ahmed
    Jul 12, 2018 - 12:51PM

    Well you definitely deserve to be sent to the gallows but don’t worry Modi and his Sarkar will never abandon you. Neither will CIA, Mossad and MI6 will also not abandon you. Only fools will be with you all the way till you are beheaded for your crimes.Recommend

  • Sad but true
    Jul 12, 2018 - 2:20PM

    @Manzoor Ahmed:

    NAB says that NS stashed US$ 8 billion in Modi’s Land. We are happy for the generous free gift. Pakistan gets ZERO billions.Recommend

  • Salman
    Jul 12, 2018 - 2:32PM

    Allah bless Pakistan.
    Allah bless Nawaz Sharif.Recommend

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