A former federal minister on Friday claimed Nawaz Sharif was disqualified from premiership as part of a “conspiracy hatched by certain individuals of an institution”.

Pervaiz Rashid , a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) loyalist who was sacked as the information minister in wake of an investigation into Dawn Leaks , said people reacted strongly to the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif .

“Everybody saw the reaction to the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif . In the past, people would forget about the incident within two to three months,” he added.

Commenting on Dawn Leaks , Rashid said he played his part to save democracy in the country, adding that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf were pawns in the whole episode.

“It was the mentality of a certain institution that had done everything and that PTI was just a pawn. I won't take the name of the institution but certain individuals were involved.”