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PML-N to embrace SC verdict in Panamagate case

14 March, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz lawmakers said on Monday that the party would embrace the Supreme Court's verdict in the Panamagate case. State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb and Daniyal Aziz addressed a press conference in this regard.

The minister said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was carrying out its propaganda against the government without waiting for the verdict of the court. She said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has come out as a winner in bigger challenges in the past.

The premier is provided with immunity by the Constitution of Pakistan, however, he still offered himself for accountability over baseless accusations of stashing wealth abroad. Nawaz never passed a statement that could have left a desired impression on any institution since the Panama case hearing began, the state minister said.

She said the PML-N has a complete faith in the top court and it is hoped that the verdict is in accordance with the demands of the law. The minister accused the PTI of attempting to affect the SC verdict. She said the PML-N is a victim of a PTI-backed propaganda on social media.

Imran Khan, chairman PTI, first targeted the ruling party over baseless rigging allegations and then he used the narrative for political gains, she said.

The state minister said that stock market of Pakistan is now rated amongst some of the best markets in the world whereas PTI chief criticises Nawaz for inaugurating development projects.

On the occasion, Daniyal Aziz claimed that the PML-N was facing a 'media-trial'.

He alleged the PTI for trying to dictate national institutions. He criticised the opposition party for alleging Nawaz of corruption when his name was nowhere in the case.

Marriyum said that action will be taken under cybercrime and defamation laws against those carrying out 'negative propaganda' against the prime minister and his family.

She said, "While the Panamagate case was in court, there was a lot being said about it on the media and social media, and no action of any kind was taken against it."

"However, in the past two weeks while the court has secured its verdict, a propaganda campaign has been carried out on social media, and people have been carrying out this campaign in an effort to influence the court," she alleged.

"Remarks like 'If the verdict is in favour of the prime minister, the judiciary will have lost its battle' have been used time and again," she claimed.

The government has, thereby, decided to act against anyone carrying out propaganda against the prime minister and his family over social media, she announced.

"This should not be considered political revenge," she stressed. "Whenever the government takes action against anyone, it is said that this is political victimisation carried out by PML-N."

"If action is taken against those carrying out this campaign... and politics is played regarding the government's action, the people of Pakistan will respond to it because they love Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif," she claimed.

"The honourable judges have already said that courts do not give verdicts based on popular opinion. Instead, they form their judgements according to law," the minister said, adding that the PML-N, "would agree with whatever verdict the Supreme Court gives."

"In the past two weeks, since the Panamagate verdict was secured, the PM has attended various events, but has refrained from using any of these platforms to influence courts regarding the case's verdict in any way," she claimed.

Those, who are trying to malign the prime minister and his family will not succeed in their bad intentions. Marriyum said the PTI is disgracing the constitutional institutions of country just for the sake of achievement of its nefarious aims.

On Sunday, talking about census, she had said, Marriyum had said the final decision to conduct the exercise was taken during the meeting of Council of Common Interests (CCI) in December 2016.

Terming the census as a historic event, she said the census was scheduled for 2016 but was postponed due to engagement of security forces in operation against terrorism, across the country. She had said that the process would be conducted simultaneously all across the country.

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