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Asim Yasin
June 16, 2017

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No history made with PM’s appearance before JIT: PPP

No history made with PM’s appearance before JIT: PPP

ISLAMABAD: Questioning Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s statement after the JIT investigation, the PPP vice president Senator Sherry Rehman asked why and how did he read from a pre-prepared statement after three hours of investigation. “Does this mean the difference in all his conflicting statements was not squared?" she said in a statement. 

Objecting to the fact that the ruling party has said that no prime minister has faced such accountability, Sherry Rehman said that such shocking amnesia about the history of democracy in this country was not expected from those who had witnessed the struggle of the PPP from safe havens.

"The PPP's first PM Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto faced judicial execution without flinching, while his daughter faced all sorts of jail sentences and courts through her life,” she said in her reaction to appearance of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif before the JIT.

The PPP leader said former president Asif Zardari was tortured for 12 years in prison with no plea bargain and former prime minister Syed  Yusuf Raza Gilani stood in the docks, bowed his head and stepped down. “Raja Parvaiz Ashraf is still answering for rental power cases that this government has adopted with other names, and they say no one has faced accountability like this?" asked Sherry Rehman.

"I'm sorry but a three-hour investigation is no patch on what even the workers of the PPP have faced in multiple incarcerations and whip lashes," she said. "History certainly has not been made, although facing a JIT of officers that report to his juniors is a telling case of how this moving away from the moral core of democracy is perceived by some. It is not as if there were options left! Any other prime minister would have resigned until such an inquiry was over. So yes, a new red line has been set in moving the bar further down for the embarrassments that Pakistan faces," she concluded.

 

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