Nawaz Sharif Denies Deal With Establishment For Return To Pakistan

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Ousted Pakistan prime minister said he would not go for any deal or accept a new National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) to escape trial

ISLAMABAD (IANS) — Ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has denied any deal with the establishment for his return and also dismissed the possibility of a technocrats government in the country.

In a brief chat with journalists inside the courtroom on the occasion of hearing of corruption references against him on Friday, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President said that after November 3, 2007 emergency he stood for the cause of independence of the judiciary. “I am not the supporter of a judiciary which welcomes dictators, endorses doctrine of necessity and garlands them.” Sharif said, Dawn reported.

He said he would not go for any deal or accept a new National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) to escape trial, adding that those who had sought the NRO in 2007 might seek another one in 2017, but the PML-N was not interested in any such deal.

The NRO was promulgated after a deal between then military ruler Gen Musharraf and the Pakistan Peoples Party.

Sharif said he did not see formation of any technocrats’ government as he had been hearing such rumours for many years.

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