ISLAMABAD  -   Former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said on Monday that his party had not sought any NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance).

Talking to the media outside an accountability court, he called upon the government to disclose the names of persons who were asking for such a favour.

 “No member of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has contacted the government seeking an NRO and they should reveal their names if they have guts.” In reply to a question on his meeting with JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman: Nawaz said, “I respect him a lot. I do not wish to speak to the media about my meeting with him. I just want to share the details (of the meeting) with my party and Shehbaz Sharif.”

He added being a good friend, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman was respectable for him and his party was an ally of the PML-N.

About PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif’s arrest, the former prime minister said: “He worked very hard and with honesty. The work he did while risking his life is in front of the entire nation and not just the people of Punjab.

He continued: “No other provincial chief minister in the country’s history has worked the way Shehbaz did. “He deserves all the praise but he is in jail and NAB’s custody. “Can anyone tell why all this is happening?.”

Nawaz said, “Not even corruption worth a rupee can be proven, Shehbaz was called in the Saaf Pani case and since there was nothing to it they arrested him in the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case. Now, that they cannot find any evidence against him in the housing case so they are saying that he owned assets beyond known sources of income. What is this joke? “This is all very upsetting. Where do we want to take Pakistan?”

The former prime minister said it was the most painful time for him when his wife was breathing her last, he was in jail. He said he could not forget that time and would always regret for not being with her in her last days.He remained inactive politically since the death of his wife, he added.