LONDON: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday announced to launch a nationwide movement against the Supreme Court verdict which cleared opposition leader Imran Khan of accusations of failing to declare assets, ARY News reported.
Addressing media outside his London residence before departing for Lahore, the former premier said that verdict by the Supreme Court vindicates his stance that he “will be disqualified in the cases against Imran Khan and Jahangir Khan Tareen”.
Sharif criticised the superior judiciary by saying that the apex court has given a clean chit to those who owned offshore firms, while his ‘imaginery’ salary was declared an asset and he was disqualified.
“They considered it my imaginary salary as an asset, while Imran owned Niazi services offshore firm and did transactions but was cleared,” he said adding that there are videos in which Imran admits owning the offshore company.
“Yesterday’s verdict proves our stance was right. There are seperate parameters of justice for us and for them, ” he said in strong worded diatribe against the Supreme Court.
He said the verdict speaks for itself and the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) will launch a nationwide movement at any cost as this trend cannot be tolerated.
“We will pay whatever price we have to but this cannot be tolerated.”
The top court on Friday dismissed a petition to disqualify cricketer-turned-politican Imran Khan as an MP, months after former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was removed from parliament by the court on similar charges.
“No dishonesty or omission can be attributed to (Khan). This petition has no merits and is hereby dismissed,” Chief Justice Saqib Nisar told the court while delivering the verdict in the case.