Former premier Nawaz Sharif on Friday said he never thought Pakistan would get into the situation where it is today, vowing to “fight till the end”.
Speaking to journalists in London, chief of his own faction of PML, Nawaz said that the truth always comes out and “truth is coming out now; however, today, only 5-10% of truth has been revealed.”
Blaming Imran Khan for his dismal performance during his three-and-a-half-year tenure, Nawaz said that former finance minister Ishaq Dar built the economy, but he destroyed it.
The PML-N supremo accused Imran of “committing atrocities” in the name of Riayasat-e-Madina.
“He has damaged the country to an extent that he should be seen as an example. He does not believe in anything, neither the Constitution nor the law or the Parliament,” Nawaz he said, adding that the PTI chairman should have accepted the no-confidence motion against him.
“Why did the Supreme Court have to give a decision.”
Regarding President Arif Alvi not administering the oath to the Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and other federal ministers, Nawaz said you are the president of the country, how can you not perform your official duties?
“I will continue to fight till the final victory of democracy,” he reiterated.
Shedding light on the foreign funding case against PTI, Nawaz said: “If the verdict in the foreign funding is announced against the PTI, then the party would be banned.”
BILAWAL, NAWAZ MEETING: Earlier, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari didn’t ask for the positions of Senate chairman, Punjab governor or seat adjustments during his three-hour-long meeting with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
Insiders confirmed that Bilawal and Nawaz didn’t discuss anything related to the posts of Senate, governor Punjab or presidency and media speculations regarding the same are unsubstantiated.
The three-hour-long meeting between the PML-N supremo and PPP chairman was held in two sessions. In the first, Bilawal and Nawaz held a one-on-one meeting, while in the second, other senior leaders of both parties also joined them.
Insiders revealed that Bilawal did not put forth any demand before the PML-N supremo and matters related to the appointment of the president, governor, and Senate chairman were not discussed during the meeting either.
They said that Nawaz was told by his advisers that Bilawal may bring up these matters, seeking these posts for PPP, but to everybody’s surprise, Bilawal told Nawaz he was calling him to discuss the possibility and the need of working together in the future for the greater cause of a strong and vibrant democracy.
Insiders said that the purpose of the meeting was to strengthen democracy and congratulate the PML-N supremo. They said Bilawal’s London trip was also aimed at strengthening democracy and upholding the Constitution and he wanted to make convey this message by holding a meeting with Nawaz.
Insiders said that that agreed that misgivings of the past should be forgotten and both sides should agree to do politics against each other but stand together on the issues of democracy, non-interference in politics by any institution, free media, human rights and supremacy of the Constitution.
They agreed to maintain direct contact and to form a joint committee to deal with the disputed issues of both the parties as well the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).
During their joint press talk after their meeting, Bilawal thanked and appreciated Nawaz for his role in the cause of democracy and congratulated him that through their joint efforts an “unelected and selected Raaj” has been sent packing and that Imran Khan was removed through the power of the ballot.
On his part, Nawaz thanked PPP for the efforts it made to remove Khan’s government from power through a vote of no-confidence.