Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Saturday that the court’s authority would be established when it jails former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf for contempt like it did with Nehal Hashmi .

Speaking to the media persons here, Iqbal said general Musharraf had committed the biggest contempt of court.

“Before the court issued contempt notice to Tallal Chaudhry, it should first punish Musharraf for abrogating the constitution,” Iqbal said, adding “if the court is unable to summon Musharraf, serving contempt notices to common political workers is not going to reinforce its authority”.

He said that not only the PML-N but the entire legal fraternity of the country and abroad expressed their reservations on the court’s decision to disqualify party president Nawaz Sharif.

Iqbal added that he doesn’t think anyone from Gwadar to Karachi thinks the decision taken against Nawaz is based on the criteria of justice.

Responding to a question, he said that the entire party is united over Shahbaz Sharif’s nomination as the next prime minster. “Nawaz is our leader and we accept his decisions, therefore the party is completely unanimous over Shehbaz’s nomination.”

Iqbal emphasised that Pakistan had become an emerging economy in the Nawaz-led tenure, adding that the multi-billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor was merely a piece of paper till July 2013, it was Nawaz who finalized it during his visit to China.