Islamabad - Spokesperson to President Senator Farhatullah Babar has deplored the ‘unsubstantiated accusations’ hurled at President Asif Ali Zardari by PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif in a public meeting, saying it was an effort to drag the president into controversies.

In a statement on Wednesday, the spokesperson said that the president, as head of the state and in deference to recent court's observations, has scrupulously refrained from indulging in partisan political activities or making political statements.

Even though there is enough material to retort to Mian Sahib's allegations in a befitting manner, the president would refrain from directly responding to the allegations respecting the dignity of his high office and also in deference to the court's observations, he said. Farhatullah said that the hurling of unsubstantiated and politically motivated allegations amounted to dragging the president into political controversies in contravention of court's ruling.

The president would continue to refrain from indulging in partisan political activities and avoid making political statements, he said. At the same time, he said, it is hoped that political leaders would also avoid dragging the president into partisan political contest and uphold the spirit of the court's ruling.