Pakistan

Defiance to ‘anti-democratic elements’ sole crime of Sharif: Saad Rafique

Saad Rafique

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Railways Saad Rafique on Saturday said that a malicious campaign against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has been underway for last four years.

In a series of tweets, Rafique lambasted at Sheikh Rasheed and Imran Khan for apparently spearheading the campaign against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

“They are political pawns [who are] being used by ‘anti-democratic elements’, intending to derail the democracy and weaken the state institutions,”Rafique said in his tweet.

The minister asserted that the ex-PM Sharif is being targeted for taking a firm stand against such anti-democratic elements. “The sole crime of Sharif is taking a stand against those elements intending to harm democracy rather becoming their stooge,”he added.

Cautioning the opponents, Rafique said that the democracy must not be marred while making all-out efforts to degrade the ruling party.

His tweets have come after an incident when an accountability court on Friday abruptly adjourned graft proceedings against Sharif family members after PML-N lawyers staged a protest inside the courtroom when they were denied an entry by police personnel.

The court was set to indict Sharif family members in three graft references when it deferred the indictment after a scuffle broke out between members of legal fraternity and policemen.

In a subsequent tweet, Rafique said the incident should not be linked with the PML-N.

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