Federal Ministers initiates anti-judiciary tirade in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD: Taking full advantage of the opposition’s absence from the National Assembly, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders on Tuesday launched unprecedented attacks on the country’s judiciary, accusing it of having different standards for Nawaz Sharif than for his opponents.

After an opposition walkout over the Fata issue left the ruling PML-N and its allies alone in the lower house, two of the government’s most outspoken members took the floor and delivered speeches similar to the ones they usually make outside the Supreme Court or at hurriedly-called press conferences at the Press Information Department.

On the day that his party chief appeared before an accountability court in the capital, firebrand Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique fired the first salvo when he accused the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and its leader Imran Khan of waging “political warfare through the courts”.

“As someone who did not support the disqualification of Yousuf Raza Gilani, I cannot support the de-seating of Nawaz Sharif or Jahangir Tareen,” he said, adding that he had feared all along that such recourse could open the door to the practice of sending elected prime ministers home through the courts.

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