With Nawaz’s disqualification, foundation of ‘Naya Pakistan’ has been laid: Imran

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Friday said with Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification, the foundation of a new Pakistan, in line with the vision of the founders, has been laid.

“I don’t have any personal grudges against anyone including Nawaz Sharif,” Imran told reporters in Islamabad hours after the Supreme Court announced its verdict in the Panama Papers case.

Expressing content with the verdict, the PTI chairman said, “I am thankful to all my supporters and the masses who played a vital role during our campaign against corruption. “I pay tribute to the judiciary of the country, especially the JIT members who can rightly be called the heroes of this nation.

Hoping that the SC judgement will have effect on many others, Imran stated that he can now see several ‘looters’ behind bars. “This is just the beginning as all others responsible for corruption will meet a similar fate,” he said, adding that “the practice of sending abroad money looted from projects in the form of commission needs to come to a halt.”

“I also question the role of state institutions which were supposed to protect the interests of the country.” “It was utterly shameful of the rulers to verbally attack a hospital meant for welfare,” he said referring to Shaukat Khanum Hospital.

PTI earlier announced they will offer prayer of thanks collectively following the Panamagate case verdict. “Today Pakistan has gotten rid of a corrupt prime minister. Basis of a new Pakistan have been built today,” said PTI leader Jehangir Tareen.

Earlier, another leader, Asad Umar, said while talking to the media that prayers will be organised to thank god after the much-awaited verdict.

The Supreme Court on Friday unanimously disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from his post after an investigative panel alleged his family’s wealth was far above their earnings in a scathing corruption report.

The apex court also ordered NAB to file a reference against the accused in an accountability court in six weeks and directed for the trial to be concluded within six months. The judges reserved that the premier had been dishonest to parliament and the courts, hence could not continue serving the office.

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