Nawaz Sharif steps down as Prime Minister after being disqualified by the Supreme Court- Political stability imperative for country under current scenario
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has stepped down as the Prime Minister of the country following the judgment of the Supreme Court in Panama Papers. PML (N) spokesperson says despite reservations regarding different phases of the Panama case proceedings, the decision of the apex court will be implemented. Addressing a joint news conference in Islamabad, Khawaja Saad Rafiq says we want civilian supremacy in the country. Nawaz Sharif is punished for revamping the country's economy, restoring order in Karachi, bringing the people of Balochistan to national fold, and making Pakistan a nuclear power. Barrister Zafarullah says requirements of justice have not been fulfilled in the Supreme Court judgement to disqualify an elected prime minister. Ahsan Iqbal says Nawaz Sharif will continue leading PML-N to make Pakistan a real democracy. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says we will challenge the verdict legally and constitutionally.
Analyst on Telephone:
Engr Baleegh-ur-Rehman (Leader, PML-N)
It is difficult to understand and we have serious reservations about this judgment. Still, we accept the decision made by honorable Supreme Court. PML-N government has accepted this decision for the betterment and stability of this country. We have advised our workers to remain peaceful. Also, we are making necessary arrangements for smooth transition. Our government has made rapid progress on all developmental projects in this tenure.
Operation Radd ul Fasaad and Operation Khyber 4 continue with full swing
Operation Radd ul Fasaad against the terrorists continues successfully across the country. According to ISPR, Pakistan Rangers along with Counter Terrorism Department and Punjab Police conducted operations against terrorists and their facilitators in Punjab. During last 48 hours, 42 suspects were apprehended from Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore. The apprehended individuals are suspected of providing harbouring places to the Terrorists in the suburbs of Lahore and Islamabad. At Rajgal operation Khyber 4 continues and 110 square kilometers area have been cleared. Forces searching cleared areas of Wucha Wana, Bagh, Ziarat Sereh and Pak Darra. A number of terrorist hideouts were dismantled and improvised explosive devices neutralized.
Analyst on Telephone:
Brig. Retd. Haris Nawaz (Defence Analyst)
Rajgal is predominantly a mountainous and adjacent to Afghanistan border. This is one of the most difficult operations undertaken by Pakistan army. Pakistan’s army has occupied the transitory routes and made the terrorist’s entry to Pakistan difficult. Pakistan has urged America to break the nexus between India and Afghanistan, which are working against Pakistan. Both countries should do intelligence based sharing and stop trans-border infiltration of terrorists. Pakistan has single handedly done what the armies of 51 countries have failed to do together.
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