In a Saturday interview, PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif claimed that Imran Khan, a top party official, and Shahzad Akbar should hang their heads in shame because the Daily Mail’s apology proves their innocence.
The founder of the PML-N, who has been living in London since 2019, also stated that Shehbaz Sharif has already received a “clean chit” from the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) following the investigation.
According to Nawaz, the UK is a democratic nation with a free and just legal system and is not governed by the PML-N, PTI, or any other political party affiliated with Pakistan.
“There cannot be a bigger proof of innocence than the court of such a country giving someone a clean chit,” Nawaz said.
Imran Khan and Shahzad Akbar should hang their heads in shame, the former prime minister continued, following the Daily Mail’s apologies. He said, “These guys have brought shame to the nation abroad.”
The former CJP Saqib Nisar’s audio leak, the comments of former justices Shoukat Siddiqui and Arshad Malik, and the Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) reversal of the judgment against Maryam Nawaz, he said, were evidence of their innocence.
On the other hand, he continued, Imran Khan’s involvement in corruption has been confirmed. “Everyone knows about the Toshakhana scandal,” he added.
“A certified corrupt person is hurling corruption allegations at people who had been proven innocent in national and international courts,” Nawaz regretted.
The PML-N leader claimed he was pushed into exile as a result of a false hijacking case being brought against him in the 1990s, and the elected prime minister of a country of 220 million people was removed for refusing to accept payment of 10,000 riyals from his son.
Due to a piece written by writer David Rose, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif successfully sued Associated Newspapers (publishers of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday) for defamation.
The newspaper requested nine extensions from the court to submit a defence for its story, which was published under the justification that the newspaper and the reporter already had all the necessary proof.
In the second week of December 2022, Daily Mail publishers and PM Shehbaz’s attorneys agreed a settlement deal with Tomlin Order, following which Daily Mail withdrew the defamatory article and apologized to the prime minister and his son-in-law.
The ANL has vowed to never again make these untrue accusations in any public setting, and it has already worked with Google to get any articles including the Daily Mail’s article removed.
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