PM asks Nawaz, his family to return and face ‘independent judiciary’

Imran accuses ex-premier of lying to nation, acting like Bollywood stars, and fleeing the country


APP July 18, 2021
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Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday asked former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his other family members, residing in the United Kingdom, to return home and face trials, saying judiciary in the country was fully independent.

“Judiciary in the country is fully independent as Imran Khan did not attack courts or contact judges for seeking favourable judgements. I ask them a question – why are they sitting outside the country if they are honest and truthful, why they fear facing courts?” the prime minister said while addressing a public gathering held in connection with the upcoming general elections in Azad Jammu and Kashmir scheduled for July 25.

The prime minister said even Ishaq Dar, former finance minister, his son, Nawaz’s sons, and son-in-law of Shahbaz Sharif had been absconding in London to avoid accountability.

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He said due to independent judiciary and accountability process, even PTI’s ministers were not spared. The courts and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) were free and not under any control, he added.

“If these leaders are honest, then why they fear from the justice system,” the prime minister said.

‘PTI is striving for the rule of law’

PM Imran said that it was his dream to put the country on the right path and “this is the only way through which we can develop it”.

Imran Khan said that his party and the nation are striving to make Pakistan a great country as the world always respects a self-reliant nation. He said past rulers mercilessly plundered country’s wealth and took refuge abroad.

Imran Khan said the people should think before casting their votes in the upcoming elections that whether they are voting for an honest or corrupt leader. “Or is he the one who lied to the nation, acted well enough to rival Bollywood standards … and fled the country,” he remarked.

He said poverty cannot be eliminated from a society without curbing corruption.

Seeing a large number of people without observing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) against Covid-19 pandemic, Imran Khan appealed to supporters to continue wearing mask and adhering to SOPs to prevent the spread of the virus.

He said the pandemic was not yet over and “we will have to continue observing SOPs to protect ourselves and others form coronavirus”.

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