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By attacking the judiciary, Nawaz Sharif is targeting democracy: Shafqat Mehmood

11 August, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Thursday accused the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of attacking the judiciary and state institutions.

“By attacking the judiciary, Nawaz Sharif is targeting democracy,” PTI’s central information secretary Shafqat Mehmood told a press conference at the National Press Club.

The party spokesperson claimed that pamphlets containing anti-judiciary messages were distributed in the ex-prime minister’s rally as it passed through Rawalpindi.

He said it was a matter of concern to see a three-time prime minister criticising the judiciary and insulting the Constitution and other institutions of the country. “When you lead an unconstitutional movement, in reality, you are attempting to sabotage the judiciary,” he added.

Mr Mehmood said a campaign was being launched against the judiciary, because the PML-N expected more disqualifications following National Accountability Bureau investigations. “They are sure that not only they will face disqualification, but they have to pay back the stashed money,” he said.

The PTI spokesperson alleged that the main objective of the GT Road rally was to target the armed forces of the country. “Their real target is the Pakistan Army; they are trying to prove to the people that Nawaz Sharif has been disqualified on the orders of the military. But the PML-N has a history of getting into confrontations with state institutions for their evil designs,” he said.

The PTI leader claimed that there was an ongoing feud within the house of Sharif following Nawaz’s disqualification. “Tehmina Durrani is accusing Nawaz Sharif of putting Shahbaz in an awkward position by exploiting the entire provincial state machinery for the rally,” he added.

Mr Mehmood said that Nawaz Sharif could do his politics in whatever manner he liked, but he must not use public money and state machinery to further his political interests.

He said it was extremely deplorable that taxpayer money was being plundered, adding that while Mr Sharif had every right to go on whichever road he wanted, the use of public money and state machinery was reprehensible. The PTI leader criticised the blocking of roads and the forcible shutting down of people’s businesses. “No government has the authority to shut off a busy road that belongs to the common man,” he said.

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