Nawaz asks for national commission to probe treason charges against him

Says he asked a question and he deserves an answer


Staff report


Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif on Monday demanded forming a national commission to prove the allegations treason against him in the wake of his recent statement on the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack.

While addressing a party rally in Buner, the ousted prime minister said the guilty party, be it him for treason or those levelling allegations against him, should be publicly hanged following the verdict of the commission.

“He who is ready to die for the country has been labelled a traitor,” the veteran politician lamented. “Nawaz was shown the door, and this is the treatment given to the prime minister,” said Nawaz.

Discussing recent allegations levelled him a traitor, , Nawaz lamented that those who were abrogating the Constitution were not being brought to justice while others were being penalized for sincerely serving the country.

The PML-N supremo also demanded to form a commission for the money laundering allegations against him.

“We won’t let the NAB chairman off the hook so easily,” he said. “He must apologize and tender his resignation.”

“2018 will be the year of PML-N,” he told the attendees of the party’s rally in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The former prime minister took credit for clearing Buner of terrorists. “We salute the people of Buner to have bravely faced the trials and tribulations during the tough times,” he said.

‘Being voted for is proof of Nawaz’s patriotism’

Earlier, Maryam Nawaz while addressing the rally said the nation’s relationship with Nawaz has been strengthened by  thirty years work.

“Being voted into the office time and again is the biggest proof of his patriotism,” she said.

“You choose the prime minister and members of the National Assembly through the power of your votes,” she had told the rally attendees.

“Can a person responsible for making the country’s defence unchallengeable be labelled a traitor,” she questioned. The PML-N leader said that it was her father Nawaz who had rid the country from power outages and terrorism.


‘I asked a question, deserve an answer,’ says Nawaz

Nawaz earlier on Monday said that he was not the first one to have accepted these facts.

“I had asked a question. I need an answer,” Nawaz said while interacting with reporters inside the accountability court hearing corruption cases against him.

The three-time prime minister deplored that this is the reason the world does not hear Pakistan’s stance and stated that it is important to ask why that is.

Nawaz regretted that those who ask questions are being termed traitors in the media. “He who conducted atomic tests is being called a traitor,” said the former premier.

Nawaz added that the armed forces, civilians and police have given tremendous sacrifices. Nawaz’s remarks on the controversy do not conform to the stance taken by his party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, whose president and Nawaz’s brother Shehbaz Sharif said on Sunday that the party “rejects all claims made in the report, be they direct or indirect”.

“The remarks in Dawn’s report, attributed to PML-N’s Quaid Nawaz Sharif in a wrong manner, are not representative of the party policy,” said Shehbaz, also the chief minister of Punjab.

“We fully believe that the interests of Pakistan are on a priority higher than any personal and political ones,” he said on Twitter.

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