Federal Minister for Interior Brigadier (r) Ijaz Ahmed Shah has said that former prime minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif would have been elected as the country’s chief executive for the fourth time had he “not listened to the three or four people around him”.

In an interview to a private news channel, the minister said that “these people included two or three MNAs and a few senators”, adding that “he won’t take names”.

He also said that these people were still there around Nawaz and won’t let any person of the Sharif family stay out of jail.

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When asked if they included disgruntled Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Chaudhary Nisar, Ijaz replied, “If Nawaz had listened to Nisar, everything would have been fine.”

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The former premier is currently imprisoned at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail after an accountability court handed him a seven-year jail term in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption case.

Nawaz has been serving the jail term since December 24, 2018.