Addressing the Stability Pakistan Conference in Lahore, Ijaz-ul-Haq, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Zia-ul-Haq group and former federal minister, said that Nawaz Sharif was a man who tried several times to bribe military officers but failed.
Addressing the Stability Pakistan Conference, he said that the nation today wants to ask who allowed Nawaz Sharif to go to London. Nawaz Sharif had offered the military a bribe due to which a fight broke out between General Jahangir Karamat and General Asif Nawaz, claimed Haq. Haq revealed that Nawaz Sharif tried his best to bribe the officer and when he refused, a fight broke out.
Former federal minister Ijaz-ul-Haq said that Nawaz Sharif had a fight with General Waheed Kakar and General Pervez Musharraf. “Someone asked Nawaz Sharif why Nawaz Sharif had a fight with senior officers of the army. Why did Nawaz’s picks never become one of the top officers of the army?” questioned Haq.
He said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz did not mention Shahbaz Sharif’s name even once in her speech after Shahbaz Sharif went to jail, adding that PPP would give such a hoax to PML-N and Sharif family.
Reacting to Nawaz Sharif’s anti-military speech during a meeting of the Pakistan Democratic Movement in Gujranwala, Ijaz-ul-Haq said that the Pakistan Army is a strong institution with 220 million people of Pakistan standing behind it. “We will stand by stand side by side with the army,” he guaranteed.
Judge claims Maryam Nawaz tried to bribe him
Just last year, Pakistan’s accountability judge Arshad Malik, who sent former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to jail, alleged that Sharif’s daughter Maryam tried to bribe him during the former premier’s trial.
Subsequently, Maryam, along with two senior PML-N leaders Shehbaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, had released a video purportedly showing Malik claiming that there was a lack of evidence against Sharif in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference.
Pakistan army sacks six senior officers amid corruption claims
Just four years ago, at least six high-ranking Pakistani army officers, including a lieutenant-general and major-general, were sacked amid corruption allegations. The unprecedented move came two days after the then head of the army, Gen Raheel Sharif, said corruption had to be uprooted to fight terrorism.
An initial army statement that said 11 officers had been dismissed was later retracted.
Details of the allegations against the officers were not immediately released. Observers stated that the timing of the announcement and the remarks by Gen Sharif were designed to put pressure on the government.
Meanwhile, the then Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif was still dealing with controversy at home after details of his family’s offshore assets were revealed in the so-called Panama Papers.