Sharif’s return has saddened opponents, says Maryam

LAHORE: The daughter of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, has said that the return of her father from abroad to face NAB references has disappointed some individuals.

“The homecoming of Nawaz Sharif was scheduled. But some people [who were not expecting his return got disappointed with his return,” she told media during her visit to the party office in the NA-120 constituency here on Thursday.

Mr Sharif returned to the country from London on Thursday morning to appear before the Islamabad Accountability Court on Friday (today) in three NAB references pertaining to graft and owning assets beyond his known sources of income.

Ms Nawaz, known for her aggressive style of politics, has opposed her father joining accountability court proceedings, saying she did not expect justice [from the judiciary in the present circumstances].

Responding to a question, she said that ousting someone from or sending into power corridors was not the work of any man rather Allah Almighty alone could do so.

About reports of rifts within the Sharif family, she said those who were airing such rumours would also be frustrated.

Unlike the past when her family would stay away from voters after winning polls, Ms Nawaz is regularly visiting the NA-120 since her mother won the seat in the Sept 17 by-poll.

Senators criticise ‘involvement’ of military, judiciary in country’s politics

Senators on Thursday criticised the alleged involvement of the military establishment and the judiciary in the country’s political affairs while holding a debate on the alleged misuse of powers by the state institutions.

PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar said that institutional dialogues between parliament, the military establishment and the judiciary were held across the world so as to avert a collision between the institutions.

He, however, said that as far as Pakistan is concerned, the matter was “much more complicated than just an issue of imbalance in powers of the state institutions”.

“The powers of the parliament, the judiciary and the civilian establishment were being shifted from Islamabad to Rawalpindi,” Babar claimed, adding that in some instances “the powers had already been handed over to Rawalpindi”.

“Powers have been transferred to the people who consider themselves above the law, which is a matter of grave concern,” Babar remarked.

The situation has further deteriorated during the past two days, the PPP leader claimed. “The parliament missed the chance to bring everyone under the ambit of accountability, as it has now been decided to hold everyone accountable except the judges and generals,” he maintained.

“I was disappointed that my own party stepped back from its demand of bringing everyone under the ambit of accountability.”

PML-N Senator Saood Majeed said the executive did not exercise its powers. He was of the view that “the third pillar of the state” had inflicted most harm upon the country. He alleged that the judiciary had encroached upon the powers of the parliament.

If the government fails to discharge its responsibilities, “then space is open for some other institution to step forward to fill that gap. Instead of learning a lesson, we all are looking around,” he remarked.

PML-N Senator Jawed Abbasi alleged that the judiciary had enjoyed the powers of the executive following the campaign for the restoration of judges. He was of the view that attempts have been made in all tenures to curtail the powers of the parliament.

PPP Senator Taj Haider stressed the need to identify those who were enfeebling the democracy. “The parliament will have to try and bring an end to money laundering,” he said.

PkMAP Senator Usman Kakar viewed that the civil-military bureaucracy was attacking the parliament. He alleged that the judiciary holds a bad record as “it had legalised the dictatorial governments”.

Balochistan National Party Senator Jehanzeb Jamaldini suggested that the heads of the judiciary and the army should be appointed after taking approval from the upper house.

MQM Senator Tahir Mashidi also alleged that the army plays an important in the politics of the country.