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Don't want to be in contact with Sharif, says Zardari

18 August 2017

An accountability court in Rawalpindi on Thursday will initiate day-to-day proceedings against the Pakistan People's Party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari over his alleged illegal assets both in Pakistan and overseas.

Now that the Panama Papers verdict is out, Nawaz must accept it and let democracy prevail, Zardari advised the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader while talking to journalists in Lahore, Express News reported. "We had also accepted the court decision and changed the prime minister", he added.

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The former president said he has always stood by the political and democratic forces and made efforts to unite them.

On Tuesday, Railways Minister Saad Rafique said that Zardari should advise his son and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who had earlier said that he would not receive a call from Sharif on his Grand National Dialogue initiative.

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Recalling past memories, Asif Zardari said he wanted to visit Nawaz Sharif for condolence on the demise of his brother, but he (Nawaz) refused to meet him in order to please the non-democratic forces.

A seemingly embittered Mr Zardari said that Mr Sharif would have different priorities when in power and in opposition, and questioned why the PML-N had not agreed to do away with Articles 62 and 63 when the-then PPP-led government had suggested it during the negotiations leading up to the 18th Amendment.

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Zardari said that Nawaz Sharif fled the country after striking a deal with former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, but he endured imprisonment. "Whatever he speaks, he speaks my words".

Don't want to be in contact with Sharif, says Zardari