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Rules of game should be equal for all: Nawaz

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ISLAMABAD: Continuing his tirade against the judiciary, ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday accusing bias against him said that” Rules of the game should be equal for all “ . Nawaz Sharif was talking to media at a hearing of reference against him before an Accountability Court , Islamabad. A relaxed and smiling former premier said proceedings and action against him were taken in haste while no such haste was seen when it comes to cases against his political opponents. During the hearing, Sharif while addressing a journalist pointed out that his [the journalist’s] wallet was protruding from his pocket and he should tuck it in. “It might happen that someone pulls it out and I end up being accused for it,” he quipped. Talking to reporters as he exited the court, Sharif said his party would ensure the power of the vote in Pakistan. “This is a democratic country… we will ensure the sanctity of [people’s] vote here.” Sharif said he had been “hurt” by PPP’s support the previous day for an opposition bill – seeking to restore the bar on a disqualified person from holding party office – in the National Assembly. “PPP’s democratic credentials are being questioned today,” he claimed. Earlier, talking to reporters upon his arrival at the court, Sharif said the sit-in held by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in 2014 is continuing in the country in one form or another to date. He said “corruption cases” are now emerging against the PTI leadership as well, including Imran Khan, Jahangir Tareen and Aleem Khan. Sharif alleged that verdicts against his family are announced swiftly and wondered when judgments against the PTI leaders will be announced. “The standard of justice applies differently to us than others. The mockery of requisites of justice should be stopped.” Sharif said the court judgements against his family have affected the government’s progress “but we will continue to perform”.

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