PM Sharif’s brother hits out at Pak army pic in mail

Agencies/Islamabad
June 19, 2017 0 Comments INTERNATIONAL 155 Views

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s younger brother Shehbaz Sharif today hit out at the country’s powerful military, saying unlike the military rulers who “usurped” power at gunpoint, his family respects the law. Shehbaz, the 65-year-old Punjab Chief Minister, made the remarks while talking to media after appearing before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) which grilled him for nearly four hours in connection with the high-profile Panamagate graft case against Sharifs.
“The prime minister of Pakistan appeared in front of this JIT a day ago and a new leaf was turned in Pakistan’s 70-year history. Today, I did the same,” said Shehbaz, the fourth member of the Sharif family to appear before the JIT.
“We have proven that our family has respect for the law, unlike the military rulers who usurped power at gunpoint (in the past),” Shehbaz said, referring to several military Generals who in the past toppled elected governments.
Prime Minister Sharif was ousted by then army chief Gen Pervez Musharraf in 1999. The army has ruled the country for much of its life since it gained independence 70 years ago. Last month, the powerful army withdrew a controversial tweet that had rattled the Sharif government over a media leak about a rift between the two power centres over fighting militancy in the country.
It was taken as the army’s defeat and an unprecedented criticism was ensued on social media against the army, which enjoys considerable influence over policy decisions in Pakistan.
He said he was asked to appear before the JIT as somebody “acquainted with the facts of the Panamagate scandal”.
The Punjab Chief Minister said that even though he had severe back pain, he did not flee from the JIT’s summons.
“I did not go away to London, never to return, like other politicians [have done in the past],” Sharif said, taking a dig at Musharraf who went abroad on the pretext of treatment for back pain and never came back to face cases. “Whatever questions the JIT asked, I answered them to the best of my knowledge,” he added.

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