PM asks Sharif to face ‘independent judiciary’

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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday asked former premier Nawaz Sharif and his family residing in the UK to return to the country and face trials to prove their honesty as the judiciary in the country was “fully independent”.

“[The] judiciary in the country is fully independent as Imran Khan did not attack courts or contact judges seeking favourable judgments,” the prime minister said while addressing a rally in Bhimber where he is campaigning for his party for the upcoming Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) elections on July 25.

“I ask them a question — why are they sitting outside the country if they are honest and truthful, why do they fear facing courts?” the prime minister added.

He claimed that due to an “independent judiciary” and “accountability process”, even the ruling PTI’s ministers were not spared.

“The courts and NAB [National Accountability Bureau] are free and not under anyone’s control,” he claimed.

The prime minister asked the people there to ask themselves on the polling day as to who had plundered the country in the last 30 years.

He added that he had not left the country when politically-motivated cases were filed against him in the Supreme Court.

He faced trial and submitted “each and every proof” of his innocence because he had not committed any crime.