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PML-N to respect court’s decision in Panama Leaks case: Saad Rafique


ISLAMABAD: Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Thursday that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) would respect whatever decision would be given by the Supreme Courtin the Panama Leaks’ case.

Talking to media outside the Supreme Court premises, he said the court’s decision was about to come and all the parties in the case should get ready to accept it. “You may have your own reservations and feelings but you have to respect the court’s decision. We don’t know what decision the court is going to give, but we’ll respect it,” he said.

The minister said that the Panama Leaks case was political in nature and the petitioners instead of pleading it in the court; had been fighting it in media and people. “I reiterate that if they were serious with the case, they would have hired the services of country’s top lawyers like us. But unfortunately they did not do that and have been trying to confuse the masses and constantly trying to pressurize the court.” he added.

The minister said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan’s track record showed that he was used to pressurize institutions to get decisions in his favour. “He (Imran) has been pressurizing and trying to besiege National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), courts and Parliament to obtain decisions in his favour,” he added. Saad Rafique said that his affiliation with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif was consisted of around three decades, but at no point during this period he saw them taking a decision against the law or merit. He said he had been serving as Minister for Railways for the last four years but the Prime Minister never intervened in his work adding, “That is why we are delivering in an efficient way.”

He said he believed dialogue was the best way to sort out issues stating that the PTI chief introduced an abusive language in politics, which was not its culture before. Imran’s entry in politics brought with it allegations and lies. This has put very bad affects on a large segment of our youth,” he said. He said that it were the masses, who decide about the future of political leaders. “People never leave their leaders if they (leaders) care for them and work for them.

PML-N has been facing challenges in the past but people never left it and have been electing it time and again,” he added. The minister said that some internal and external elements did not want to see a strong and stable Pakistan that was why they were hatching conspiracies against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. “A popular leader does not suit to these elements; that is why they are against the Prime Minister.

He said both Benazir Bhutto and her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto were popular leaders and therefore conspiracies were made against them. Similarly; conspiracies are being hatched against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. This time these (conspiracies) are being done in the form of Imran Khan.

About Syed Tauqeer Hussain Zaidi (296 Articles)
Sr. Journalist / Researcher / Human Rights Activist
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