ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz has termed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s displeasure over the appointment of Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) by the army chief as unnecessary and said only “legal duly elected Prime Minister”. Ministers can make top appointments in national security organizations.
“He is a selected prime minister because he has stolen the public mandate. He has no legal and moral authority to make top appointments in national security organizations,” Ms Nawaz said while speaking to the media after attending the proceedings of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday.
He criticized PM Khan for his insistence on retaining Lt Gen Faiz Hameed as Director General of ISI, alleging that he was involved in political engineering at the behest of Mr Khan.
Ms Nawaz said Mr Khan’s act of exercising authority had nothing to do with the principle of democracy and civic supremacy, but that he was struggling to prolong his rule.
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“He is trying to follow in the footsteps of Nawaz Sharif, but he has forgotten that Mr. Sharif has made many sacrifices to honor the vote,” Ms. Nawaz said.
In a sarcastic remark, she said Mr Khan took the decision under the influence of “spirits” and added that “he does this for top appointments and not to relieve the public at large”.
Later, Special Assistant to the PM on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill slammed Ms Nawaz for targeting political opponents and termed her negative remarks as a regrettable act.
Addressing a joint correspondent with Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul, he said the Sharif family has a historical precedent of ridiculing their opponents through personal attacks, as was done with former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. was because they had thrown his “objectionable pictures” in the air.
Mr Gill said Ms Nawaz was an unlucky woman whose evil intentions had left no one safe, including her father, uncle and the party leadership.
He said that the PML-N leadership also made false allegations against Jemima Goldsmith.
Zartaj Gul also attacked Ms Nawaz and called her “disgraced women who defame state institutions”, the APP adds.
The minister of state said that Ms Nawaz had no political status and status as she could not even contest a councilor’s seat, and was targeting Prime Minister Khan to increase her stature.
“Maryam Nawaz has questioned the credibility of the Prime Minister when she has no credibility of her own. Imran Khan has got over 17 million votes and is the elected representative of 220 million people,” she said.
Earlier, an IHC Bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, after hearing the arguments of Ms Nawaz’s counsel Irfan Qadir, asked the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to prove the charges against PML-N leader and retired Capt. asked to present the evidence. Safdar.
during the hearing Request Filed by Ms. Nawaz against her conviction in the Avenfield properties case, Mr. Qadir refrained from arguing against the outgoing spymaster, but told the court that he could argue to prove that Ms. Nawaz in the Avenfield reference The punishment was part of political engineering.
Mr. Qadir argued that “no evidence” existed in the case, but the accountability judge convicted Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Mr. Safdar because they could not convince the court that the property did not belong to them.
Justice Farooq remarked that the recent trial has shown that NAB has started arresting all.
Mr. Qadir focused his arguments on Ms. Nawaz’s acquittal under Section 561 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), which empowers the High Court to pass any order in the interest of justice. He said that since no evidence exists in this case, in order to save the precious time of the court, he had filed an application for acquittal of his client for speedy disposal of appeal under the said section of CrPC.
He pointed out several “shortcomings” in the preparation, filing and progress of the case by NAB.
He argued that the apex court was not properly assisted in the matter and as a result, it directed the NAB to file three references against the Sharif family.
The counsel argued that the NAB had no evidence to prove that the Avenfield apartments were owned by Mr Sharif or were registered in his name in the land records.
Mr Qadir further argued that the evidence against Ms Nawaz was a trust deed prepared in Calibri font, which, according to NAB, was forged, as the font did not exist at that time.
The court directed the NAB to produce all the records relating to the properties. It noted that the trust deed displayed before the trial court was not the original but a copy of the original document. The bench also asked the NAB to explain the consequences of not producing the original court before the trial court.
Further hearing in the matter was adjourned till November 17.
Published in Dawn, October 14, 2021