‘Dual standards’: PM Shehbaz criticises judiciary, urges equal justice for everyone

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif addressing National Assembly session in Islamabad on 27th July 2022

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday addressed a session of the National Assembly during which he took a swipe at the judiciary, calling it out for its “dual standards” towards the coalition government. His comments came in response to the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s decision of declaring Pervez Elahi the new chief minister of Punjab and removing PML-N’s Hamza Shahbaz from the office, calling the ruling of the deputy speaker of the Punjab Assembly during the CM’s election “illegal”. Moreover, the SC had also rejected the coalition government’s petition to form a full court to hear the case. The prime minister said that justice should be equal for everyone, and added: “I respect the judiciary but one has to speak the truth on the floor of the National Assembly. The judiciary cannot treat me differently from someone else.” Talking about the PTI’s foreign funding case, PM Shehbaz said that the verdict related to the case has not been announced even after eight years. “Did anyone take suo motu notice of that case over the last eight years?” he questioned. “The PTI government provided sugar subsidies worth billions of rupees during its term and made the worst decisions during its tenure, struck deals with IMF and then ruined them, and brought Pakistan to the verge of default.

But did anyone take notice of all this?” the PM said. “The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) closed Moonis Elahi’s and the Malam Jabba case, there was embezzlement in the BRT Peshawar Project, however, no one took notice of that,” added the prime minister.

 

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