ISLAMABAD: Minister for State Abid Sher Ali on Thursday said that the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) leadership’s respect for the country’s judiciary is evident from the fact that they neither complained of backache nor ran away from courts”, ARY News reported.
The state minister was speaking during the appearance of Maryam Nawaz in an accountability court where she was indicted along with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a corruption reference case.
“We respect the courts. That is why for the first time in Pakistan, the ruling family has appeared in an accountability court,” he said. “Our leaders neither complained of backache nor made any excuses.”
His “backache” comment was properly directed at former military dictator Pervez Musharraf who is ditching courts on “medical grounds”.
In March last year, Musharraf left the country for Dubai complaining of various health issues including back pain. Before leaving he had promised to return home to face court trials but has so far not returned to the country.
He said that Nawaz Sharif is abroad due to the frail health of his wife, and has appeared in court before, while his daughter and son-in-law have appeared which shows their respect from the court.
Speaking over the non-appearance of the former premier’s sons Hussain and Hassan Nawaz, the state minister said that they do not come within the jurisdiction of the court, and have their own way towards the legal process.
He said they have right to criticise the court’s verdict claiming a ‘moral victory’ in the Panama Papers case which disqualified Nawaz Sharif after accusing him of corruption and dismissing him on a work permit.