ISLAMABAD: Reiterating resolve to preserve sanctity of vote, former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday pleaded to avoid confrontation among state institutions terming it against the national interest.
“I am not in favor of confrontation among the state institutions. It is collective responsibility of everybody to avoid such confrontation,” he said in an interview with BBC, telecast by a private news channel.
When asked if he was going to confront, Nawaz Sharif said, “There should not be clash of interest. All institutions should dispense duties within the ambit of constitution and parliament should monitor and ensure it. Sanctity of vote must be ensured and peoples’ mandate should not be trampled down.”
He dispelled the impression that he had been on odds with the establishment and said, he had ideal relations with military leadership except a few. “I believe in supremacy of the Constitution and did not deviate from it. I am also strong believer of rule of law.”
In support of his argument he mentioned to Musharraf’s martial law and said, a few people moved for this action as remaining establishment even did not know about it. “I do not agree with anything unconstitutional. Our policies should be in right direction and this can only be ensured when there is sanctity of vote.”
Answering a question whether he was going to opt for politics of resistance, Nawaz Sharif said, he would struggle to ensure sanctity of vote. The nation has started realizing it and I am in no dearth of people who support this ideology.
“This is matter of a cause and ideology. My struggle would not be for power because it is not bed of roses. But I owe to nation forsanctity of vote,” he added.
He mentioned to sit-in by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief Imran Khan and Qadri in front of the Parliament House and attack on state institutions and said, the nation also witnessed this unfortunate moment.
“When dharna ended, Panama surfaced and all this happened when the country was leaping forward to destination of progress, CPEC was executed in full swing, infrastructure was being developed and load shedding was diminishing.”
He also mentioned to Karachi-Peshawar Motorway and rapid growth and questioned who was responsible for the setback.
“These two persons had been chasing me from day one only with the grudge as to why Nawaz Sharif had secured so much vote. It was not a sincere service to democracy rather it was a conspiracy against democracy.”
He said when the first petition was filed in the Supreme Court, it was returned declaring it frivolous. But, was later admitted, a Joint Investigation Team was constituted and he and his family faced the case for four months. “Everybody knows about WhatsApp call and the JIT members. But me, Shehbaz, my sons and daughter appeared before the JIT. We were interrogated about family business of three generations since 1972.”
He said no charge of corruption, kick backs and siphoning of money from national exchequer was proved against him with regards to his tenures as Prime Minister and Chief Minister. “Had I been involved in corruption, I would have been regretful before the nation.’
Nawaz Sharif said he had been witnessing happenings in the country since its inception. “Had the sanctity of vote been respected, Pakistan would have been ten times stronger than to disintegrate.”
He said those countries do not prosper where sanctity of vote is not ensured. “We have diagnosed the disease and would ensure that there is respect for vote as it is key to progress and the nation is also alive to this fact.”
When asked about Imran Khan, he said everybody knows about his motives and style of politics. “We have an ideology of rules of law and supremacy of the Constitution and I did nothing against this ideology. I even did not violate Charter of Democracy. It was violated with issuance of an NRO.”
Nawaz Sharif stated he respectfully bid adieu to Asif Ali Zardari, did not victimize political opponents and even faced sit-in with patience and fortitude.
Answering a question, Nawaz said, one can see the charges that provided basis for my disqualification. “Now it is right of the nation either to agree or disagree with it and you have seen the response of the nation.”—APP