Ready for any punishment if prove guilty, says Shehbaz Sharif
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Opposition leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday demanded to form parliamentary commission for probe about serious allegations against him.
Addressing to the National Assembly session, the opposition leader mentioned that he will admit any punishment if he proved guilty in the probe of parliamentary committee. He claimed that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested him to influence by-elections.
The PML-N president claimed that the chairman NAB had already prepared arrest orders between July 5 and 6, but they were delayed ‘for mysterious reasons’.
He claimed that NAB asked him to become an approver against Khawaja Asif and he replied them to control themselves. “I later realised that people who would tell me that NAB is asking them to record testimony against Shahbaz Sharif was all true,” he stated.
The former chief minister alleged that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had an alliance with the National Accountability Bureau. “Sheikh Rashid had already said I would be arrested soon,” he said.
Speaking about big brother Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz’s arrest, Shehbaz said, “For the first time, a father was imprisoned in front of his daughter and a daughter in front of her father even though NAB court’s verdict says that no corruption could be proven.
He also said that Nawaz still left behind his sick wife, who is no more today, and came back to satisfy his conscience. “We expect the speaker to rise above likes and dislikes and to take action against intrusion in democracy,” Shehbaz added.
The PML-N president accused the prime minister of being elevated on the coveted position as a result of ‘rigging’. He questioned how could “change” be brought about in just two months that seats lost by PML-N were again won by the same party. He asked which one of the two elections was genuine, ‘either the by-elections, or the general elections.’
“PTI and NAB work closely,” he claimed while adding that the accountability bureau is targeting opposition parties.
“As a public representative, Pakistani and a humble political worker I want to tell NA speaker that I have done nothing except for serving the people honestly,” he said and added that the parliament will have to decide whether the “law of the jungle” will prevail.
“The NAB official told me that there is evidence that my children and I have investments in China and Turkey. To which, I hit the roof and told the officials to bring forward the evidence and I will apologise personally and even in the parliament as I won’t deserve to be a part of it,” he said while adding that they then stepped back and he warned the officials that this conversation is on record.
“I told them you are involving our trusted friends in this low allegation,” he added. “The officer then blamed that the assets may be ‘benami’, I challenged this too. And they stepped back from this too. This is what has been happening in the cell.”
“Is this the National Accountability Bureau or National Blackmailing Bureau,” former CM said, “Imran Khan had leveled a similar allegation earlier regarding properties in China and Turkey and now NAB is which shows that there is no more proof required to ascertain the “unholy alliance between NAB and PTI.”
Shehbaz Sharif said that the NAB summoned him in the ‘Saaf Company case’, where “DG informed me that you’re being arrested in Ashiana Housing scheme,” he said adding that was the painful experience. Sharif said ‘this is not Tabdeeli, this is something else.’
“This is the first time in history that an opposition leader was arrested without any charges in such a hasty manner,” said Shahbaz. “We have been through this troubling path for a number of times in the past,” he added.
“I want to thank you NA Speaker Asad Qaiser for keeping party politics aside and issuing my production orders.” He then thanked Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, leaders of the Awami National Party and MMA, National Party member Hasil Bizenjo and all friends.
Earlier today, Shehbaz Sharif, who has been in the NAB’s custody since October 5 in connection to the Ashiana Housing Scheme case, was brought to the Parliament House by a two-member team of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
He was brought to Islamabad from Lahore earlier today for the session. At the Parliament House, the NAB team handed over Shehbaz to the deputy sergeant at arms, who signed on documents regarding the opposition leader’s brief custody.
In his chambers, Shehbaz changed his outfit and met Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) leader Khursheed Shah. Last week, NA Speaker Asad Qaiser issued Shehbaz’s production orders.