LONDON – Former Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said he had great respect for Pakistan army as an institution and also eulogized its sacrifices on war against terrorism and on the line of Control (LOC) for the cause of the country.
Talking to media persons outside the Harley street clinic where his spouse Begum Kulsoom Nawaz is under treatment, the former premier alleged that his party candidates were being either harassed or forced to change their loyalties for joining Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) or asked to contest with the election symbol of Jeep instead of Lion which was the election symbol of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).
‘An interference was being made in the election process which is an attempt to rig the July 2018 polls against the spirit of the constitution,’ he warned but hastened to add that the Pakistani nation would never tolerate any rigging in the election process.
Nawaz Sharif appealed the Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan to take measures for holding free, fair and impartial elections in the country.
The supreme leader of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz declared that he will face the challenges and never disappoint the Pakistani nation while work for giving respect to people’s vote.
Sharif was of the view that he was facing a difficult situation due to serious illness of his wife and clarified that he would return to Pakistan after the recovery of Kulsoom Nawaz.
Expressed his concern for placing Pakistan from white area to grey area by
the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the former lawmaker claimed that after his ouster, the economic progress in the country started deteriorating.
Former Information Ministers Mushahid Hussain Sayed and Pervaiz Rashid were also present on the occasion.