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.
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.”
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.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has informed the Supreme Court (SC) that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President (VP) Maryam Nawaz has “distanced herself” from the video scandal of ex-accountability court judge Arshad Malik, Express Tribune reported Thursday.
Maryam on July 6 had presented to journalists a secretly recorded video of judge Arshad Malik and claimed that he was “forced to give the verdict against Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia reference case”.
According to latest reports, FIA presented before the court a 105-page report, wherein it said that Maryam has now distanced herself from the video and placed burden of the details and specifics of the video upon Nasir Mehmood Butt.
Butt is the person who reportedly recorded the conversation during which Malik had allegedly confessed convicting Nawaz under pressure.
The FIA report further said that PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif has also distanced himself from the videotapes.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) had on July 12 removed Malik as a judge and directed the registrar to repatriate him to his parent department, the Lahore High Court (LHC).