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‘I will speak, but hold peace for now’: Nawaz on Shehbaz’s arrest

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday fired a fresh salvo at the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) over the arrest of his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif by NAB, saying if this is the accountability the party talks about, then he feels sorry about it.

In a first interaction with media persons since his release from prison last month, Nawaz Sharif said: “I don’t feel like talking. I will speak, but not now.”

Lauding the younger Sharif’s performance during the previous PML-N term in Punjab, he said Shehbaz worked day and night and served the nation selflessly without caring about his own health. “Such a person is being treated like this,” he lamented.

“If it is not political victimization, then what is this all going on,” he asked and added some people in the government say 50 more people would be arrested. The prime minister himself is saying this, Mr Sharif said and asked if the PM should say such things.

“Who is informing the government about 50 arrests,” he further questioned.

He said his nephew Salman Shehbaz has been summoned by the NAB in an assets case , adding that what a bigger joke than this could be?

Mr Sharif said all laws, including the accountability law, formed during former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s regime should be reviewed and abolished. No one in Pakistan will come out clean if assets cases are instituted against them, he said.

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