‘Will return to Pakistan but…’: Nawaz Sharif appeals court to delay verdict on Avenfield reference

  • I am not a dictator and will not run away from the courts: Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan

LONDON – Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif requested on Wednesday the accountability court to delay the verdict on Avenfield reference case which is due on Friday.

“I am not a dictator who will run away from the courts,” the ex-PM told journalists outside London’s Harley Street clinic, when asked whether he was shying away from corruption trials.

“My wife has been on a ventilator for past 21 days. I want to hear the verdict in the courtroom where I have appeared with my daughter (Maryam Nawaz) in over 100 hearings.” Nawaz said.

The PML-N leader said that irrespective of the decision, whether favourable or not, he will return to Pakistan.

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“I will return as soon as Kulsoom’s health improves,” he said, adding that she underwent an operation yesterday.

Nawaz said that doctors have expressed their hopes that his wife’s health will be out of danger in the coming days

Nawaz said that he is facing one-sided investigations from July 2017 but the nation is standing with him. “The nation supports my respect for vote stance,” he added.

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The former prime minister said that the nation’s decision on July 25 will change the destiny of the country.

“The entire nation was aware of one-sided actions against me,” he said.

Earlier, Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, expressed that she was ready to go behind bars if any unfavorable verdict is announced in the Avenfield reference.