Lahore: Ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s outspoken daughter Maryam described the Supreme Court’s rejection of her father’s review petitions against his disqualification as “unjust”.
The Supreme Court dismissed the review petitions filed by Sharif, his children and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar against the apex court’s Panama Papers judgement of 28 July. The top court had disqualified Sharif and ordered the filing of corruption references against Sharif, his children Hussain, Hassan and Maryam Nawaz, son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar, and incumbent Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
With the rejection of the petitions, Sharif has exhausted all legal options to challenge his disqualification, jeopardising his chances to stage a political comeback.
Reacting to the ruling, 43-year-old Maryam, a leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, said revenge was taken in the name of accountability.
While addressing a women’s convention, she reiterated her earlier claims that Sharif was disqualified because he did not take income from his son. “Do you accept this unjust verdict?” she asked her supporters, adding, “If you are against the verdict, then vote for lion on 17 September.”
“Support Nawaz, support progress,” she told PML-N workers, Geo TV reported.
Maryam is handling the Lahore election campaign while her mother and PML-N candidate for the by-poll, Kulsoom Nawaz, undergoes treatment for throat cancer in London. The by-election on the seat left vacant after Sharif’s disqualification by the Supreme Court, will be held on 17 September.
A total of 44 candidates will contest the by-poll in Lahore, a stronghold of the Sharifs.
Published Date: Sep 15, 2017 10:39 pm | Updated Date: Sep 15, 2017 10:39 pm