Pakistan

Imran Khan says Sharif desperate for NRO to go scot-free

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan on Tuesday termed a top-level moot of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s leaders in London as a plan to save embattled Nawaz Sharif from possible punishment in graft cases.

He claimed the former prime minister was desperate for the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) to avoid conviction on charges of corruption and money laundering.

Khan said in a tweet, “London Game Plan obvious now: Nawaz will retain control of Party & use it to malign NAB, Judiciary & mly [military] to pressure them for another NRO.”

 

“He [Sharif] is desperate for NRO to avoid conviction on money laundering & save his Rs300 bn stashed abroad from being frozen,” the PTI chief said in another tweet.

 

It merits mention here that back in 2007, under the NRO, military dictator retired Gen Pervaiz Musharraf had granted amnesty to politicians, political workers and bureaucrats facing charges of financial irregularities, money-laundering and other charges.

Khan further said,“NS [Nawaz Sharif] has no concern how much damage he does to the nation to save his ill-gotten Rs300 bn stashed outside Pak.”

 

Taking a swipe at PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, he said, “PM Abbasi rapidly reducing Pak to banana republic. He is playing poodle to a discredited NS [Nawaz Sharif] & retaining fugitive from justice as Finance Min[ister].”

 

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is currently in London, held meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif  a day earlier to discuss party affairs, especially reports of rifts within the party.

Sources said the meeting decided that any attempt aimed at executing minus-Nawaz formula or any action in contrast to the constitution would not be acceptable to the party leaders and workers.

Ex-PM Sharif along with his son Hussain arrived in British capital from Jeddah late Sunday to chair the meeting. The PML-N top brass including PM Abbasi and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif flew to London on Sunday.

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