Vastavam web: Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that political decisions should be taken in polling booths, not courts, in an apparent reference to ouster of his predecessor Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court.Sharif, 68, was disqualified as the prime minister by the apex court in the Panama Papers case in July last year under Article 62 for failing to declare a receivable salary as an asset.”Political decisions are taken in polling booths, not courts,” he was quoted as saying by Dawn News.
Abbasi’s remarks came days after his meeting with Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar.The meeting, and Justice Nisar’s subsequent referring of the prime minister as a supplicant, had irked Sharif, who later publicly asked Abbasi to explain his position on the meeting.This tradition is not Pakistan’s tradition. This tradition will not give respect to politics in Pakistan,” he warned.
The prime minister said the decisions of the people always prevail over court’s verdicts some of which, he claimed, are controversial or not accepted by history.”We continued to work despite severe opposition and gave respect to your vote,” Abbasi told the gathering, outlining PML-N’s achievements since it reclaimed power in 2013.”The people then chose Nawaz Sharif, whose era saw unprecedented development.
“I have complete faith that the enlightened people of Pakistan will respond to the conspiracies and overthrow of governments at the polling stations (in upcoming general elections),” he added.
Sharif has held several rallies in different parts of Pakistan since his ouster. He has targeted the judiciary for removing him from the office of the prime minister and also come up with ‘give respect to the ballot’ slogan.