ISLAMABAD - Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif Monday said all political parties should be given a level-playing field for ensuring free, fair and transparent elections in the country.

Talking to the media outside an accountability court, he said:  “Some are getting free hand while others are pushed towards a dead end. This is pre poll rigging and we are moving towards unfair election. We will not accept such election results.”

He said:  “We are seeing a strange situation. Even it is said that the performance of Punjab province is poor. I don’t understand the logic of these words and such talk.”

“You are Pakistanis. You all know Punjab, you know Sindh and you know Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. You tell which province has the best performance. The common man on the street knows the answer that Punjab has the best performance,” Nawaz told reporters.

The ex-PM said he was removed from the post of party president which was not a step towards free and fair elections. “Even there is a talk of delaying the elections. It should be told who is thinking in such a way.”

Nawaz said he has no doubt that there will be no delay in elections. He said he will consult his lawyer for filing an application about live broadcast of proceedings of his trial.

To a question, he said during a meeting, PML-N leadership considered the issue of next caretaker prime minister. INP reported Nawaz  as saying that he held a meeting with PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on caretaker but he did not shared the details of meeting with the media.

He said the Panama case created uncertainty and progress of the country was negatively impacted, adding in the last four years, the economic growth rate remained high and the production of electricity, steel, cement and other products increased. The value of the rupee came down and because of this the loans have increased, he added.

About loadshedding , Nawaz said power outages were beyond understanding, adding that the demand for electricity increased manifold.

Asked if he would visit former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar to inquire after him, Nawaz passed a smile.

He said: “The court verdict in the high-profile Panama Papers case caused a dent to the pace of progress in Pakistan. Depreciation in the value of rupee was due to uncertainty in the country.”

Replying to another question, Nawaz said that he would consult with lawyers on the proposal of live broadcast of accountability court proceedings.

According to dawn.com, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor has lashed out at defence counsel Khawaja Harris for ‘needlessly questioning’ the prosecution witness regarding documents that were not part of the court's record.

"Khawaja is basing his questions on documents that we [the court] are not considering [as part of the case record]," NAB prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar complained during Monday's hearing in the Avenfield reference against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's family.

He insisted that the cross-examination of the prosecution's witness be limited to ‘relevant facts’. The argument between the two lawyers occurred when Harris was cross-questioning Wajid Zia, who had headed the joint investigation team (JIT) tasked with collecting evidence in the Panama Papers case by the Supreme Court.

Harris had questioned Zia about his communication with international law firm Guernica, which was hired by the JIT during the investigation of Panama Papers case and had provided Nawaz's Iqama as well as Capital FZE's trading license.

The JIT's communication with the law firm had not been included in the JIT report, nor had it been exhibited in court as evidence, since it was classified as a source document. Objecting to Harris' line of questioning, the NAB prosecutor said it was unprecedented to allow the defence to refer source documents during its cross-questioning.

Muzaffar complained that Harris had asked "similar questions 15 times", to which the latter replied that he had to ask the same thing in different ways "to ferret out the truth."

"It has been 11 days yet his [the defence counsel's] cross-questioning has not come to an end," Muzaffar countered. "He does not want to get to the truth, he wants to intimidate [the witness]," he complained.

The court subsequently upheld Muzaffar's objection and forbade Harris from questioning Zia about documents that were not part of the court's record.