Broadsheet saga: Nawaz' opponents have fallen into their own trap, says Maryam Nawaz

Says opponents caused excessive losses to the national exchequer but didn't get anything in return

Vice President Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Maryam Nawaz has said on Saturday the opponents of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had fallen into the same trap that they had set up for him.

"The opponents wanted to trap the [former prime minister] Nawaz Sharif [in litigation], but they now face the Broadsheet case against themselves. These elements are so corrupt that they even sought money from the company," Maryam said following a meeting with PML-N leaders Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shehbaz at Lahore's Accountability Court.

According to Express News, the leaders discussed the ongoing protests of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) during the huddle. Maryam added that those elements are now trapped; they caused losses to the national exchequer but didn't get anything in return.

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Talking to the media persons, she said, "this isn't accountability, this is revenge." She added that one day, all of such cases will be abolished and the party will emerge victorious. "We will also win the by-polls," she maintained. She added that a rigorous protest will be staged outside the office of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Jan 19 as planned.

Responding to some of the other questions, the daughter of the former prime minister said that Lahore has been turned into a pile of garbage. She said that the government's actions in the Broadsheet charge sheet indicate foul play.

Earlier, the hearing was conducted at the accountability court on the charges of money laundering, assets beyond means, and the Ramazan Sugar Mills references.

On Friday, Broadsheet LLC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kaveh Moussavi said that he had "voluntarily" identified a suspicious bank account in the United Kingdom having an amount of $1 billion. However, he said, the government of Pakistan has not shown any interest in tracing it.

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