Court shoots down Sharif's trial under treason charges for Mumbai attack remarks

Cheryl Sanders
May 18, 2018

He further added that the former premiere's narrative is unacceptable within and outside the party.

He was responding to a question regarding the recent emergence of dissenting voices from within the party against Nawaz Sharif's policy lines - adopted after the July 28 Supreme Court decision disqualifying Sharif from holding elected office.

Fearing that Sharif's reamarks could damage the party and marr their electoral fortunes, many lawmakers of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) during a parliamentary committee meeting, complained to Nawaz Sharif's younger brother and party chief Shahbaz, also the Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab province.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, one of the senior leaders of the party, was present in Parliament House but he chose not to attend the meeting and instead spent most of the time in the chamber of National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

Earlier, Nawaz, in an interview to a local newspaper published on May 12, had said, "Militant organisations are active".

The PML-N president promised to take their grievances to party quaid Nawaz Sharif.

He claimed that former USA president Bill Clinton had offered $5 billion to Nawaz Sharif for not conducting nuclear tests in 1998 but the latter had rejected the offer and gone ahead with nuclear tests. At this, Shehbaz reassured them that the interview was taken out of context. "Why can't we complete the trial?"

According to sources, four to five PML-N legislators expressed reservations over Nawaz Sharif's interview on the Mumbai attacks and termed it "inappropriate".

Discussing the issue of the caretaker prime minister, the PTI leader told the journalists that there does not yet exist a consensus over a candidate for the position.

The prime minister also said that they will never let their land be used against any other country.

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