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Imran confronts Nawaz on his plea to delay the verdict

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The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan insisted that much-awaited verdict in the Avenfield properties corruption reference against the former premier Nawaz Sharif should not be delayed.

While speaking to the media at the end of his two-day visit to Karachi, PTI chief said, “The Avenfield reference verdict should be announced on Friday as per schedule.” “Tell me, will every Pakistani be allowed to have such concessions? Is he a special creature landed from heavens, that law be changed for him,” he asserted.

He explained, “It took two years and taxpayer’s money and time is wasted, they only had to answer two questions. First, where did the money come from? When they admitted that London properties are their ownership after being caught in Panama scandal? They had to admit it.  His [Nawaz’s] son willingly admitted in a TV program that these are our apartments. Secondly, how was the money transferred outside the country?”

Though, Nawaz has refuted the claims that PML-N is interested in boycotting the elections. The verdict on July 06 will settle his fate and explicitly clear the strategy of the party going into the July 25 elections.

“They lied in the courts, then there was Qatari letter, lots of time was wasted through legal counsel.  They hid behind the technical grounds. Now, this verdict should not be delayed. There is no need of delay”, Khan added.

We all are concerned about the health of Begum Kalsoom Nawaz. She is out of the country for some time. The nation cannot wait for too long now.

Read more: Pakistan’s political Sunday? What lies ahead for PTI & PMLN?

On Wednesday, three-time former PM Nawaz requested the accountability court to delay the verdict. He said, “My wife has been on a ventilator since the last 21 days. I want to hear the verdict in the courtroom where I have presented myself with my daughter over 100 times.”

Moreover, making a reference to retired General Musharraf, he said I am not a dictator who will run away from courts. On July 3, after 10-months of proceedings, the accountability court had reserved the verdict and said that it would announce the verdict on July 06. After this announcement, Nawaz had earlier refrained from commenting on the matter. However, after consultation with his legal team, Nawaz requested the delay in the verdict.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan insisted that much-awaited verdict in the Avenfield properties corruption reference against the former premier Nawaz Sharif should not be delayed.

He is aware of the fact that the announcement of the verdict can have severe implications on the election results, despite making lots of efforts in publicizing the ‘victim card’. Although, Maryam had declared that she would happily go to jail if the verdict comes against her on Friday.

Read more: Imran’s reminder: Corruption is the only ideology of Nawaz

Nothing can be said with certainty, PML-N has seen its support evaporating in last few weeks, after Nawaz’s anti-Pakistan and anti-army interview in Pakistan’s English daily. Moreover, his confrontation with country’s institutions-Judiciary and military establishment has not gone well with electable, who parted ways with the party.

Though, Nawaz has refuted the claims that PML-N is interested in boycotting the elections. The verdict on July 06 will settle his fate and explicitly clear the strategy of the party going into the July 25 elections.

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