Lahore : The minister of state for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Ms. Maryam Aurangzeb said that double standard application of the law for disqualification invited criticism.
She said that under which law Imran Khan had not been disqualified, the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should also had not been disqualified under the same law. She said that the reaction and voice of the people on both these decisions made the difference quite obvious adding that when the verdict in the case of Nawaz Sharif was delivered there was a severe reaction among the masses at the grass-root level, which still persisted.
The minister said that when constitutional organs of the sate hurled epithets like Sicilian Mafia and God Father without any solid evidence then the reaction of the people for their elected leaders was expected . She said that nobody was satisfied with those decisions. Marriyum said that the disqualification of Nawaz was not on Panama but “iqama”.
Maryam said that it was a travesty of justice that would have far reaching ramifications in times to come. Imran Khan admitted that he owned Niazi services to buy flats which he sold to get bani gala flats, but the decision said that because he was not a director or a share holder but only beneficial owner therefore it could not be considered as his asset,she added. Nawaz Sharif owned no off shore company, nor he was a director, share holder or beneficial owner but was disqualified on Iqama and on not receiving salary from his son’s company which could have not been his asset by any definition of tax law of Pakistan, MOS stressed.
Maryam said that the decision against Nawaz spread despondency and restiveness among the masses and the sea of people that flocked the GT Road came out because an elected Prime Minister had been disqualified on the basis of “iqama”.
She said that the biggest fault and crime of Nawaz Sharif was that he was a popular leader and some people found it difficult to live with.
The minister said that PML (N) would win 2018 elections on the basis of its performance and it would go into the elections with a narrative of sanctity of vote.