KARACHI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi remarked that no one can put an end to the political career of former premier Nawaz Sharif.
“No one has been able to do it before nor will they be able to do it now,” remarked PM Abbasi in an interview with a private news channel.
Nawaz was previously convicted in a highjacking case, he said, adding that the former premier was even termed a ‘highjacker’.
Over the Supreme Court’s verdict which led to Nawaz’s disqualification as the president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the PM said that after the verdict the party decided that Nawaz will be the ‘Quaid’ [leader] while his brother Shehbaz Sharif was elected president.
“Decisions have also been made after holding discussions with party members,” he shared, adding that Nawaz’s opinion holds considerable value while making party decisions.
On February 27, the Central Working Committee of the PML-N met at the Sharif family residence in Model Town Lahore and elected former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as lifetime Quaid (leader) of the party.
The CWC meeting was held after Nawaz Sharif was disqualified as the PML-N president following the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Elections Act 2017 case. The apex court ruled that a person disqualified under Article 62 and 63 cannot serve as the head of a political party.
Furthermore, the premier dismissed the chatter about Nawaz going to jail as mere speculation. “Nawaz has been to prison before. He can give party policy from prison as well. People have won elections while being imprisoned.”
Nawaz even managed to run the party even during the tenure of former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, he added.
Nawaz Sharif will never leave Pakistan: Ayaz Sadiq
Earlier, National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had remarked that Nawaz Sharif will never leave Pakistan.
While speaking to media on Saturday, the PML-N leader said that Nawaz Sharif will face everything that comes his way. “He [Nawaz] has continued to face everything [against him] and will keep doing so in future as well.”
Regarding Supreme Court’s dismissal of Nawaz’s exemption plea, Sadiq remarked: “there would’ve been no problem if Nawaz was allowed to come here [London].”
Nawaz should’ve been allowed to come to London on humanitarian grounds. There is nothing wrong with visiting an ailing person, Sadiq said while referring to Nawaz’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz, who is currently undergoing treatment for lymphoma.