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January 17,2018

Why Maulvi Sahib came from Canada at this time: Nawaz

Amy Goodman and Dennis Moynihan

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that it was beyond understanding why the Maulvi Sahib (Maulana Tahirul Qadri) had come from Canada when the general elections were just four to five months away.

He expressed these views after his appearance before the accountability court here on Tuesday. To a question about the agitation planned for Wednesday by the opposition parties, Nawaz Sharif said he could not understand this move whenonly four to five months were remaining in the next general elections. "I cannot understand the motives of this protest. These parties should wait for the elections and people will decide whom they like to elect," he added. Nawaz Sharif also made a mention to the arrival of Maulana Tarhirul Qadri once again to Pakistan and his announcement of waging struggle against the government and said that his arrival at a time when the nation was preparing for the next general elections carried some message for the people.

He described dethroning of Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri and his government as a joke with democracy and resolved to unearth the motives behind this conspiracy. "It is beyond perception as to why a member of a minority party in the House who secured just a few hundred votes was made the chief minister. I have convened a meeting that will also be attended by Baloch leaders to probe the matter," he said.

Dethroning a chief minister of the majority party in an engineered manner to bring forth a person whose guarantee money was about to be confiscated is a joke with the nation and democracy, he added. "The Balochistan issue is serious and it should be taken seriously. We shall deliberate on the situation at the party level," he said.

When asked about the proceedings against him in the NAB court, Nawaz Sharif said that the media and the whole nation were witnessing this case as it carried no weight or concrete evidence. To explain further, he quoted the example of a movie that had gone well during the first week but in the second week lost popularity. "This case is like the same movie where during earlier days much hue and cry was made about it. But, with the passage of time it is losing weight. That is why I fail to understand what actually the case against me is."


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