Nawaz assails judiciary as his lawyer gives up

Nawaz assails judiciary as his lawyer gives up

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LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: In his latest tirade against the judiciary, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who has been facing the Avenfield properties case and other references before an accountability court, has claimed that no lawyer is willing to take his case after the team of his defence counsel withdrew their attorney papers on Monday.

Addressing a press conference at the party office in Model Town, Mr Sharif said if a decision in the corruption references came before the date (July 25) of general elections it would amount to desecration of the law. “My fundamental rights are being violated as I am being deprived of the services of a lawyer,” he said, adding that an environment was created in which no lawyer was willing to take up his case without being given time for preparation and being compelled to appear in court on weekends too.

Earlier when the accountability court asked the ousted premier if he wanted to engage a new lawyer or convince his team of lawyers led by Advocate Khwaja Haris to take back their decision to recuse themselves from pleading the case, Mr Sharif sought time to respond.

Mr Sharif, however, refused to take questions during the press conference which was also attended by his daughter Maryam Nawaz, former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Raja Zafarul Haq, Senator Pervaiz Rashid and PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif.

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