LAHORE - Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the Supreme Court decision, which rendered him ineligible to hold a public office for lifetime, was according to his ‘expectation’ and just another addition to the series of verdicts targeting him and his family.

Nawaz, who has also been barred from heading his party, has been annoyed at and dissatisfied with the Supreme Court decisions that affected him or his family members since his disqualification as a parliament member on July 28 last year.

The current full bench decision to hold him disqualified for life to take part in the elections and hold public office has also been rejected by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz – the party he now heads unofficially as its ‘lifetime supreme leader’.

PML-N president and his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif and other party leaders are dubbing the new court decision as another attempt to stop their leader from serving the country.

Talking to people after offering juma prayers at Jattiumra yesterday, Nawaz Sharif said he expected the same kind of decision from the Supreme Court.

The decision has evidently shown that only his person is the actual target but he will face the situation boldly and courageously, he said.

The three-time prime minister said he was being victimised but the masses could not be deprived of their leadership through such tactics.

He exhorted the party workers to observe patience and stay calm but remain resolute and wait for the next call from the party.

The workers on the occasion raised full throat slogans in his favour and asked him to give them call as they were ready to give any sacrifice for his sake.

At the Jattiurma residence of the Sharifs, Nawaz attended a Mehfl-e-Milad during which the participants prayed for well being and prosperity of Pakistan and early recovery of Begum Kalsoom Nawaz - who is receiving cancer treatment in London. He also offered fateha at the graves of his father Mian Muhammad Sharif and brother Mian Abbas Sharif.

 

PML-N President and Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif said that “today is the day of trial and tribulation for Pakistan and the whole nation when a national leader has been stopped from serving the country through a court judgment”.

He said Nawaz Sharif was one who had made defence of the country impregnable and was thrice elected as the prime minister due to his services to the nation.

Giving his opinion on the lifelong disqualification of his brother, he said that Nawaz was not just the name of an individual but a symbol of an ideology and philosophy having its foundations on the principles of public service, supremacy of the constitution and respect of the vote.

The PML-N president further opined that leaders like Nawaz do not require any formal rank or position to guide and serve a political party and the nation.

“Despite this verdict, the party of Nawaz Sharif is well alive as the largest political party under his guidance and it will continue to be so in future as well, he said.

“We have always believed in the supremacy of law and the neutrality of its arbiters,” the CM concluded.

PML-N City President and Federal Minister Pervez Malik and Punjab Health Minister Khwaja Imran Nazir and others also rejected the SC decision calling it unfair and partial.

They said no proper legal procedure was followed in the decision. They said Nawaz was the second name of democracy but some institutions wanted to derail the democratic process which the PML-N will not let happen.

The party leaders announced to protest against the Friday’s court decision.

 

 

I was expecting such decision, says Nawaz