Khawaja Asif demands Nawaz Sharif’s release after judge’s video controversy

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ISLAMABAD: PML-N leader Khawaja Asif on Tuesday accused the government of pursuing a “vendetta” against opposition leaders and called for “even-handed” accountability.
Addressing the parliament, the PML-N leader brought up the recent video leak scandal involving accountability court judge Mohammad Arshad Malik; regretting that, “while the judge was sent back, Nawaz Sharif is still in jail”.
“I don’t want to comment on the matter as it is in the court and I respect the judiciary and the judicial process. I don’t just have respect, I have complete trust that our judicial system will fulfill all requirements of justice,” he said, before pointing out that the former premier — who was convicted for corruption in two cases and is currently in jail — remains imprisoned thanks to a verdict passed by the judge in question.
“There is no allegation of corruption against Nawaz Sharif,” Asif insisted, adding that Sharif was disqualified due to an undeclared salary.
Asif also condemned the case against PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah, who was arrested by Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) earlier this month. According to ANF officials, a large quantity of drugs was recovered from Sanaullah’s car at the time of arrest.
“Mr Speaker, if you read the first information report, it is ridiculous,” Asif claimed. “It says that he (Sanaullah) turned around and picked up 20 kilogrammes of heroin; does he look like he can lift 20kgs?” he asked.
“A man who has been an MPA, an MNA; who is a lawyer; who was subjected to the worst kind of torture in 2002-03 […] has been accused of carrying heroin,” Asif said, adding that Sanaullah had told the PML-M not to ask for his production orders.
“You should carry out accountability; we will stand by you. But it should be even-handed. Justice should not be compromised.”
“The venom of vendetta can eat people up,” Asif told the parliament. “If we talk about something else, they will say that we are asking for NRO. We are not asking for an NRO, we will fight this battle till the end […] but this battle will damage the Pakistani people, the Constitution and this constitutional model of which we are a part.”


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