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An awful example of prejudice, bigotry, anger and provocation. This is how a PML-N news release described the apex court’s decision against review petitions filed by deposed premier Nawaz Sharif and his family.
It also accuses the bench of attempting to influence subordinate courts through the judgment. “The language used in the detailed verdict was also not up to the judicial standards,” said the communiqué.
Lambasting the wordings of the verdict, which used Urdu poetry to describe how the country was looted by ‘rulers’, the statement said three-time prime minister Sharif ’s struggle for the supreme judiciary was written in history. The release also claimed credit for the PML-N in making Pakistan a nuclear power.
“Therefore, it’s not a question of rulers, but justice.”
It also referred to questionable judgments issued under the ‘doctrine of necessity’ that allowed ‘bandits’ to rule the country as being the reason for damage to the state. It added that civilian rulers readily appearing before courts and presenting themselves for accountability.
The statement was released on a day when Sharif Wednesday returned to Islamabad after a day of low-key consultations on crucial issues with the PML-N brass in Murree. He had quietly visited the hill resort a day earlier, and it appears that he made a concerted effort to avoid meeting members of the party’s ‘Shehbaz camp’ there.
Moreover, in the aftermath of the issuance of the Supreme Court’s detailed verdict on the Panama Papers case, the former prime minister is said to be in no mood to mend his ways and give up hostility as he strongly criticised the Supreme Court’s judges on Wednesday.
Far removed from the media glare, Sharif landed in Murree on Tuesday evening amid reports that he was going to hold an important meeting there with his younger brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
But no meeting took place.
Publicly, the visit was a family trip that Nawaz had been planning for a while, but insiders said the visit had significant political dimensions. Sources close to Sharif confirmed to The Express Tribune that Hamza Shehbaz, the son of the Punjab CM, was also in Murree to attend a function on Tuesday but the ex-premier did not meet him.
Then on Wednesday, Shehbaz said in Lahore that his elder brother was the chief of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz and “whatever decisions he takes would be acceptable.”
However, regardless of the public statements, all is not well within the ruling camp since Sharif was advised by his aides to come to Murree to meet his younger brother and bridge their ‘communication gap’, according to knowledgeable quarters. Shehbaz was expected to attend, but sensing the “hostile” mood of the ex-premier, the plan was cancelled, the insiders said.
Insiders said Sharif wanted a National Assembly’s session to be called on Thursday (today) for the passage of the related bill, which would then require the Senate’s nod not before Friday, November 10 – the cutoff date given by the Election Commission of Pakistan to carry out the legislation necessary to conduct the general elections on time.
Nawaz’s next visit will depend entirely on Kulsoom Nawaz’s health, Senator Asif Ali Kiramani said. Later in the day, Nawaz returned to Lahore on a special plane. He is now expected to hold a series of meetings with senior party leaders in Lahore.