Pakistan

After Khursheed, Aitzaz too hits back at Sharif for assailing Zardari

Aitzaz Ahsan

LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s statement assailing Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari seemed to have touched a nerve as Senator Aitzaz Ahsan hit back with a scathing retort, urging Sharif to expose those conspiring against him.

In a statement, he urged the former premier to expose the names of those who according to him were instructing the PPP co-chairman to speak against him.

“I have been saying for a quite some time that Sharif has been shadow boxing,” the PPP senator said. “He is seeing ghosts from every corner and behind the curtain,” he added.

“His party is ruling in every province, yet he says a conspiracy is being hatched against him.”

His reply comes hours after Nawaz Sharif blasted Zardari, saying the latter was using rude language against him to please someone.

Referring to the Sharif’s statement during his appearance before a NAB court today, Aitzaz said the former premier was asking riddles and urged him to speak in unambiguous terms as to who was hatching conspiracies.

It had become increasingly difficult for the PPP to sit with Nawaz Sharif, he said and added yet it faced allegations of reaching a covert deal with the PML-N.

Sharif’s past was obvious to everyone, he said and claimed that he conspired against then Benazir Bhutto’s government and mounted pressure on judges to punish her. Sharif too got disqualified former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani, he added.

Sharif played havoc on democracy and hurt the PPP, the PPP senator said.

He unequivocally said that the former premier was in trouble, not democracy. Sharif had no evidence to present in his defense in corruption cases, he claimed.

Slamming the PML-N chief’s movement under VIP protocol, Aitzaz said he attended court hearings with an entourage of 40 vehicles.

Earlier, Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khursheed Shah took a swipe at former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for criticizing his boss.

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