Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was “playing politics” in courts and would pay a heavy price one day.
His remarks came after Sharif said in the Avenfield reference trial at the Islamabad accountability court earlier today that the case was filed against him as a “reciprocal punishment for taking legal action against (former president Pervez) Musharraf despite being warned not to do so.”
While recording his statement in Avenfield reference, Nawaz said an intelligence agency officer had told him to “resign or he would be sent on an extended leave”, The Nation reported.
Reacting to the statements, Chaudhry said, “I heard what he said carefully and it is a political statement, something that he says during his rallies and the question remains regarding what is his legal stance. Nawaz was asked only two questions regarding the Avenfield properties and the money in the accounts and he neither spoke about the money trail nor the source of the money. It would have been better for Nawaz to have fought a legal case legally and kept politics out.”
He claimed that Sharif’s “conspiracy theory” will not influence the decision of the court.
On Monday, Sharif reiterated that he had never owned properties in London.
The responses came in reply to the 128 questions put to him. The questionnaire has multiple about four apartments in Park Lane, Avenfield, London, sale proceed of Gulf Steel Mills (GSM), shares of Ahli Steel Mills, investment with Qatari royals, clearance of GSM’s liabilities, litigation with Al-Tawfeek Investment and offshore companies Nielson and Nescoll.
During the questioning session with the judge Mohammad Bashir, the deposed prime minister accused the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) for reporting selective evidence and portions from the witnesses’ statements.
Sharif also criticised the inclusion of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) in the JIT, claiming that the JIT members are biased.
The former prime minister could respond to 55 of the 128 questions. The judge adjourned the proceedings till May 22.
The Pakistan Supreme Court, on July 28, disqualified Sharif from holding the office of the prime minister and asked the National Accountability Bureau to file references against the Sharif family in connection with corruption cases against them.
On the orders of the country’s Supreme Court, the JIT was formed last year to probe the allegations on the Sharif family. (ANI)