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Ousted PM Sharif rules out any NRO deal
By Tariq Butt January 12, 2019
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ISLAMABAD: The incarcerated former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has said that those claiming that “we have asked for an NRO (deal) are telling lies.”

Talking to visitors in the Kot Lakhpat jail Lahore, he asked “where’s the so-called NRO?” He said he would divulge details of the ‘(mis)treatment’ in jail once he is out of the prison.

Sharif said he has not even been provided with a functioning heater (in this cold weather) in his cell. Terming the Punjab government incompetent, he said the Shahbaz Sharif-led former government had no comparison in performance. The Metro project in Punjab was completed in 11 months, while there is no progress on the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa metro project so far, he said adding that Shahbaz is also being treated badly.

His daughter Maryam Nawaz and senior leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) met Sharif in the prison. Prominent among the visitors were Hamza Shahbaz, former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Senator Mushahidullah Khan, Khawaja Asif, Rana Sanaullah Khan, Pervaiz Rashid and MPAs Sania Ashiq and Hina Parvez Butt, and others.

Talking to the media outside Kot Lakhpat jail, Mushahidullah Khan said Nawaz Sharif is in jail for putting the country’s politics on the right path. He said in any country, there are many stakeholders in politics and democracy and Nawaz Sharif, being the quaid of a big political party, is one of the important stakeholders. He said the former premier was punished for economically empowering the country and making it a nuclear power and for not bowing his head. Mushahidullah said the country has greatly suffered because of the “imposed” government, which is carrying begging bowl everywhere. He also criticised Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) government for taking massive loans, saying it has no idea how to repay them.

The PML-N leader said an agenda of anti-democracy and misgovernance is being followed while everyone else, except those in the government are being termed a thief. Mushahidullah said some people wanted to see Nawaz Sharif to quit politics and added, they are unaware of people’s boundless love for Nawaz Sharif.

Rana Sanaullah said the government is targeting the opposition through vindictive accountability. He said from a shopkeeper to a mill-owner, everyone is worried as business activities have come to a standstill.

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