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PPP calls out Nawaz Sharif for getting 'special relief'

Interim government responsible for providing "level playing field", says Nayyer Bukhari

By Web Desk
October 28, 2023
Pakistan Peoples Party Secretary General Nayyer Bukhari (left) and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif. — X/AFP/File
Pakistan Peoples Party Secretary General Nayyer Bukhari (left) and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif. — X/AFP/File

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Secretary General Nayyer Bukhari has called out three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif over cashing in on "relief" during his political career.

Returning to Pakistan after a four-year self-imposed exile on October 21, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz has managed to get notable relief on various legal fronts — including Avenfield, Al-Azizia, and Toshakhana cases.

"[You] can see PML-N's history, they are experts in getting relief," the PPP leader said while expressing his views on Geo News' programme "Naya Pakistan".

Bukhari also stressed that there must be no favouritism and that ensuring a level playing field is the responsibility of the caretaker government.

"Everybody can see the facilitation being provided by the interim government".

The issue of a "level playing field" has been repeatedly raised by PPP leaders including its Chairman Bilawal Bhutto, hinting at undue favours being given to Nawaz's party.

"The caretaker government and the Election Commission of Pakistan should fulfil their [constitutional] responsibility," he added, while reiterating that his party has always opposed unconstitutional measures.

Commenting on PPP's involvement in the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) government, Bukhari said that his party's alliance with the PML-N was limited to coalition government and that the PPP would contest the polls from each and every constituency.

Previously, former prime minister Imran Khan had also lambasted the relief being given to Nawaz terming it as a "total mockery of law" after the PML-N supremo's appeals against accountability courts' conviction verdicts in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia cases were restored by the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

The Punjab government had also suspended Nawaz's conviction in the aforementioned cases earlier this week.