‘PML-N will protest both inside and outside Pakistan’

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ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Monday that PML-N would both protest inside and outside the parliament against the accountability court’s verdict.

“We will not be violent but let me say it for all to hear–PML-N workers will protest against this decision both inside and outside the parliament,” he said. “We respect the judiciary but do not accept this decision,” he added.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that not a shred of evidence was found against Nawaz Sharif and neither had any witness testified against the former premier.

“We have faced Musharraf in the past, we will face this as well,” he said. “We will not do anything that hurts democracy.”

“There is no evidence, nor any witness in either case. In fact, [the] witnesses said Nawaz Sharif has no connection to the [case]. This is another black [day] for Pakistan, another black decision,” he said.

Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to seven years in prison in Al-Azizia steels mill case on Monday.

An accountability court handed the former prime minister a fine of 2.5 million dollars.

The anti-graft court acquitted the former prime minister in a Flagship reference over lack of evidence.

Judge Arshad Malik ruled that Nawaz Sharif had failed to submit money trail in Al-Azizai steel mills case.

Nawaz Sharif himself was present in the courtroom as the judge handed down the sentence. The former three-time prime minister has been arrested. He will be moved to Adiala jail in an armored vehicle.