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ISLAMABAD/Lahore - Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said that no delay in general elections will be tolerated and they will fail all efforts to play with the mandate of the people.

Talking to media outside the Accountability Court, the former PM said that the Ladla (the dear one) – Imran khan – has hinted at delay in general elections after his ‘failed’ show in Lahore.

"We want general elections on time and any delay - even for a minute or a day - will not be tolerated by PML-N," said Sharif.

He said the public has understood the reality of Khan and gave him negative response at the monumental Minar-e-Pakistan procession.

The supreme leader of the ruling party was upbeat about the prospects of his party in the upcoming general elections saying the PML-N had won the 2013 elections and had formed the government. “We can do it again and we are not worried at all,” he added.

Nawaz Sharif said that time had come for the people to stand up for their rights. “The time when voices of the masses were silenced is over,” he added.

He said that Imran Khan had trust in umpire's finger as people’s ‘thumb’ [mandate] has rejected him multiple times in the past.

The PML-N leader said that in the prevailing scenario, there was little chance of fair and transparent elections in the country.

Commenting on SSP Junejo torture case, in which Imran khan was allegedly indicted, he said, neither was the case proceeded against PTI chief nor he appeared in the court despite summons, and he got the judgment in his favour without any trial.

“On the other hand, I have not been allowed to visit London to inquire about health of my ailing wife,” he complained.

“We have been made bound to ensure our attendance at the court on daily hearings... we have ensured 61 attendances in Avenfield Reference and the prosecutor is yet to provide documentary evidence,” he said.

“The ones who must have been released are attending the courts on a daily basis while those who should have been sentenced are being released,” said Nawaz Sharif.

Avenfield case hearing

During the hearing on Avenfield Properties Reference, defence counsel Khawaja Harris concluded his cross questioning with prosecution witness Imran Dogar.

NAB’s investigation officer Dogar informed the court that statements of all the witnesses included in the reference were recorded and none of them stated Nawaz Sharif as Benamidar owner of Avenfield Properties. The officer also ratified that Nawaz did not make any payment for purchasing London flats.

He also said that no witness of the reference confirmed the presumption that Nawaz Sharif could have given any instructions to management of Nelson and Nescol. IO Dogar said no such thing came on the record that Nawaz had ever issued any instructions to service provider for management of Avenfield properties.

On defence counsel’s questioning, he informed the court that the interim reference was filed as per evidences collected by JIT and being IO in this case he did not receive any additional information, document or content from FIA.

Dogar also revealed in the court that he did ask this question from JIT head Wajid Zia that how many people prepared Flow-Chart which was not prepared in his (Dogar’s) presence.

Hearing on Avenfield Properties Reference adjourned until Monday, when Maryam Nawaz’s counsel Amjad Pervez would cross question NAB investigation officer Imran Dogar.

PML-N Lahore meeting

At a meeting of PML-N office-holders and legislators from Lahore and Dera Ghazi Khan, PML-N ‘Quaid’ Nawaz Sharif reiterated that they will not any delay in the general elections.

Addressing the meeting in Lahore yesterday, he said such a situation had been created that all forces had become rival of the PML-N but it has aroused the popular sentiments in favour of the party with an equal force. Recalling the public spirit he witnessed at the rallies he addressed in Punjab and KP, he said he saw light at the end of tunnel.

He said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan should tell the nation who whispered in his ear about the delay in elections. Khan should not have said this, he added.

Speaking in the context of Senate election, he said PTI chairman Imran and PPP co-chairman Zardari were two sides of the same coin. He said Imran said his members were purchased but the PTI voted the party [PPP] which had bought its votes.

Nawaz said billions of rupees were spent to ensure victory of Sadiq Sanjrani in the contest for Senate chairman. A very strange game was played by some in Balochistan, he added.

The former prime minister asked who informed Imran Khan beforehand that a major wicket of the PML-N was about to be knocked down or that the PTI should vote PPP in the Senate polls.

“I know well who is pulling strings of Imran... I have many secrets in my chest that I will disclose when the time comes,” he added.

He alleged that Khan had no business but to insult and disgrace others after he himself had miserably failed to perform in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Nawaz Sharif said his contest was not with Imran or Zardari but with some other forces. But he said no one will be allowed to repeat what has been done in the past. Rejection of the majority decision had always harmed Pakistan, he said, recalling the dismemberment of Pakistan in 1971 when Mujeebur Rehman’s mandate was not accepted.

The meeting was also attended by Party President and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Railways Minister Khwaja Saad Rafiq, Senator Pervez Rashid, MNA Hamza Shehbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz Sharif and others. The meeting deliberated on the current political situation, next election and the party organisation and preparations.

 

 

Won’t let elections

to be delayed: Nawaz