Don’t be partial towards Imran’s PTI: Sharif warns judiciary

Lahore: Ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said he would not stand for “double standards and the blatant murder of justice”, while discussing the Supreme Court’s (SC) recent verdict in the disqualification case against Tehreek-i-Insaf leaders Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareen.

Speaking to media representatives at the premises of the accountability court, Sharif said: “The court’s double standards and this blatant murder of justice will not be tolerated, not by the PML-N and neither by this nation.”

The former premier, according to the Dawn, was speaking to reporters during a break in hearing of the National Accountability Bureau’s corruption reference filed against him.

Discussing the apex court’s decision to send the petition against PTI’s alleged foreign funding to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Sharif said: “They have given the ECP the past five years (for checking PTI’s financial records) because the calculation has already been done; they know that whatever happened did not happen in those five years.”

“We will remain steadfast in the face of this verdict and take the matter to the people,” Sharif said once again threatening to start a movement against the SC’s verdict.

“This symbol of justice hanging outside the court should stand for insaf, not for Tehreek-i-Insaf,” Sharif remarked sarcastically as he concluded his tirade.

In today’s hearing at the accountability court, the prosecution presented a witness, Yasir Bashir, who is a branch manager for a private bank. Bashir testified to providing NAB with details about the bank accounts of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz.

Bashir also provided the court details about various transactions that took place from the accounts of Maryam and the former prime minister.

He told the court that there were no discrepancies found in Maryam’s bank details and that the bank never received any complaints about her account.

While cross questioning the witness, Khawaja Haris, the lawyer representing Nawaz and Maryam, pointed out that Bashir had not compiled the documents presented to NAB himself. Haris added that had Bashir done so, he would have remembered the transaction amounts for both accounts by heart.

The next witness, NAB’s Shakeel Anjum Nagra is currently recording his statement in court. (ANI with inputs)