Business of my sons is not connected with me – Nawaz concludes
Nawaz Sharif has concluded testimony before the accountability court in the Al-Azizia reference. Extracting himself from sons’ business.
In his concluding testimony, Nawaz Sharif toned down his stance about the civil-military conflict. Mr. Sharif has tried to sharply distance himself from the business of his sons
He confined himself to the financial strength of his late father, past achievements and legal points to defend his case.
In his earlier statement recorded in the Avenfield properties reference, he linked that reference with the civil-military conflict.
“Whenever a politician is booked under the typical charges of assets beyond means, it basically means that the accusers have no proof of such allegations,” Mr. Sharif said.
What else does Nawaz Sharif say:
While addressing accountability court Judge Mohammad Arshad Malik, the former premier said that his father had established the steel industry in 1937, but he had dissociated himself from the family business 40 years ago.
He said his sons were financially independent and had been managing their business in compliance with laws of the country they lived in.
Therefore, there is no sense to tie him with their financial dealings.
Denying any corruption:
Nawaz said that there was no proof of wrongdoing presented during the course of this never-ending investigation.
The most substantial proof of which was the statement by Wajid Zia, head of the Joint Investigation Team constituted by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case.
Mr. Sharif said that Mr. Zia had admitted under oath before the accountability court that there was no proof of all the allegations leveled against him.
He said he felt proud that despite dragging every member of his family, the investigators had not found a single penny of corruption, misappropriation or kickbacks.
Mr. Nawaz said all this fiasco was run on speculations and anything run on baseless speculations could not last.
The former premier said that he had sacrificed politically, socially and domestically to prove his innocence before the law. Because his conscience and political career spanning over four decades had been clean.
He added that he had suffered irreparable damage both politically and in his private life during this case. But he did not back down because he had faith in Allah Almighty and expectation of justice from the court.
He called himself ‘son of the soil’ and said that he had always embraced the trust of the people of Pakistan as an honor and a challenge at the same time. He considered it Allah Almighty’s special blessing that He chose him to do what he could to improve the lives of his fellow countrymen.
“Pakistan today is blessed with the most efficient communication network of motorways from Peshawar to Karachi and the progress and development of Pakistan under PML-N is unprecedented in the 65 years preceding our service,” he said.
The former premier said that his government has done many efforts for the betterment of Pakistan.
He said that the PML-N had left a substantially better Pakistan for its people at the end of 2018 than what was handed to them in 2013. The former premier has highlighted some efforts which he had done in his tenure
- Peace from the internal-strife-marred Balochistan to the law and order disaster of body-bags and shutdowns in Karachi.
- Restored a sense of wellbeing among Pakistanis.
- Pulled the country out of the deep shadows of extensive power outages and bloodshed
- Held crucial census.
- Gave massive resources to boost key sectors of agriculture, education and healthcare.
- Uprooted terrorism from the country and reincarnated foreign relations of Pakistan.
- Brought massive investments into Pakistan with the CPEC leading with over 50 billion dollars.
- Stood strong by our Kashmiri brethren and advocated their right to self-determination.
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Nawaz Sharif said that the entire world is aware of what had been going on in the name of accountability for the past two and a half years.
There is no precedent of such accountability in the entire history of the country.
The media talk:
Later talking to media, Nawaz said that in 1988, then Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had ordered an inquiry into the alleged theft of electricity against their factories.
But the chairman WAPDA exonerated the Sharif family and instead found that the distribution company had overcharged them Rs50 million.