Nawaz Sharif said during his address that he would accept the recommendations of the judicial commission. Sharif wondered if the allegations against him were not proven then would those who were making accusations, would they apologise?
“As you know, my life has been an open book in front of you all,” he began his address. “I studied in this country, got married in this country and my children were also born in this country,” he added.
Nawaz said the most difficult time of all during his thirty years in politics was when he was exiled after General Musharraf’s military takeover. Speaking about the Panama leaks controversy, he said:-
“I had taken you all into confidence regarding the Panama leaks even though no direct blame was placed on me personally,” he said.
Nawaz Sharif said that he had announced the formation of a judicial commission after the Panama leaks controversy had come to light.
“I had announced the formation of the commission so that the truth would prevail,” he said. “However, some people have set up their own courts and come forward with their own verdicts when the judicial commission hasn’t even been formed yet.”
Sharif also said that if any allegation against him was proven, he would resign from the post of Prime Minister without a second’s delay. He also spoke at length about the atrocities he had faced during the time when General Musharraf had him exiled to Saudi Arabia.
“Those who ask us questions about factories in Saudi Arabia should tell us who sent us there?,” he asked. “When I was exiled, why didn’t anyone have the courage to go to the Supreme Court of Pakistan? Even our houses were locked,” he said.
Nawaz also said that those who were calling for accountability should also be accounted. “Who will account for the losses of billions which Pakistan incurred due to the dharna circus?” he asked. “Our vision is for a safe and progressive Pakistan while these people wish for the government to be distracted and get embroiled in such false, baseless allegations,” he claimed.
Nawaz Sharif also said that he was not afraid of such cowards who were making allegations against himself.
“I believe I am answerable only to Allah and after that, to the people of Pakistan,” said Nawaz. “I have been given the chance to serve the people of Pakistan for the third time. I have never indulged in politics with fear,” he said.