ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif on Thursday urged the nation to stand up if they want real democracy in the country.
In an informal conversation with journalists outside accountability court, Sharif maintained that he acted with restraint and patience at the time of protests.
“I could have dismissed my subordinate but I managed the affairs with endurance. I told the court what has to be said. Facts must come to limelight,” he asserted.
Nawaz Sharif pronounced that everything has its time and he gave the statements yesterday to bring forth the truth.
“Sacking Pervez Rashid and Mushahidullah was a part of forbearance,” declared the PML-N supremo.
Earlier, Sharif once again hit back at opponents by terming 2014 sit-in at D-Chowk ‘adventurism’ to remove him from office. He said that he received warnings cloaked under suggestions during the sit-in to either resign or flee on extended leave.
“Who was the umpire who was supposed to raise his finger?” asked Nawaz, referring to the frequent statements by Imran Khan mentioning umpire’s finger in his speeches in the sit-in.
He said during a presser at the Punjab House, Islamabad that dictatorship hurt Pakistan more than anything. He said that whenever a military dictator usurped power from civilians, he brought the whole institution into disrepute. He reiterated that he has nothing but respect for the armed forces of Pakistan.
“Panama Papers was just an excuse to oust me. There were no Panama Papers in 1999,’ he said, “I talked about real democracy 20 years ago. I did it again this time and that is my ‘crime’.”