Reacting strongly to former president Asif Ali Zardari’s arrest in the fake bank accounts case, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-President Maryam Nawaz on Monday said the ‘fake prime minister’ would not be able to sidestep accountability by arresting his political rivals.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Zardari was arrested by a NAB team from his residence in the federal capital, hours after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) rejected his bail plea in the fake bank accounts case earlier in the day.
Taking to micro-blogging website Twitter, Maryam said separate laws prevailed for masses and those in power in the country. “Fake prime minister [Imran Khan] used to say there were separate laws for rich and poor in Pakistan, but the fact is that there is one law for rich and poor and other for the fake PM and his investors,” she remarked.
Maryam, whose father and three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif is also currently languishing in jail, further added that the ‘fake premier’ would have been facing courts for allegedly stealing the public mandate and corruption of his sister if the law and accountability process was equal for everyone in the country.
Meanwhile, Zardari’s youngest daughter Aseefa Bhutto also fired broadside at the government, saying: “This cowardly selected government thinks throwing opposition into jail will legitimise it. No case, no conviction, no plausible cause. Arresting Asif Ali Zardari will not silence the voice of truth. He was vindicated before and he will be vindicated again.”
She also cast doubts over federal ministers’ knowledge of today’s development days and months before the court’s decision. The daughter of former premier Benazir Bhutto also questioned issuance of arrest warrant before cancellation of bail. “Mockery of justice,” she added.