ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Talal Chaudhry on Tuesday dismissed calls for an early election by a certain section of the opposition, saying the polls will be held on schedule in 2018.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, flanked by other party leaders, said this while speaking to media ahead of party chief Nawaz Sharif’s appearance in the accountability court today.
“Nawaz Sharif can’t be removed using this kind of accountability,” said Talal.
Senator Mushahidullah Khan, the climate change minister, said that PML-N is being specifically targeted, warning, however, that their adversaries in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkwa couldn’t do anything [to bring down the party] either.
Expressing his disappointment at recent developments against Nawaz, PML-N’s Marvi Memon said she is still hopeful of justice in the case against Nawaz by the judiciary.
The accountability court hearing corruption cases against the Sharif family ordered on Tuesday that former premier Nawaz Sharif will be indicted on October 2.
The court also issued bailable arrest warrants for Nawaz’s daughter Maryam, sons Hussain and Hasan, and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar as they failed to appear in court today despite two earlier summons.
Nawaz and his family members had been summoned to the court with regards to three corruption references filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau in light of the Panama Papers case verdict by the Supreme Court.
A number of PML-N workers, lawyers and government officials were at the courts compound to greet the former premier.