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Today is a ‘historic day’ for Pakistan, says Shahbaz Sharif on Broadsheet CEO’s apology

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  • “This is a tight slap on PM Imran Khan’s face,” Shahbaz says.
  • Broadsheet’s CEO Kaveh Moussavi issues an “unconditional” apology to Nawaz Sharif.
  • PML-N leader says today was the drop scene of  PTI-led govt’s propaganda against Nawaz.

ISLAMABAD: Following an apology from assets recovery firm Broadsheet’s CEO Kaveh Moussavi, PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif said that today is a “very important” day in the history of Pakistan.

Addressing a press conference flanked by Ahsan Iqbal and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Shahbaz said that the head of the British firm has issued an “unconditional apology to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, acknowledging that they did not find a single loose corruption against him”.

“This is a tight slap on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s face,” he said, accusing him of pushing the nation into an abyss of poverty and unemployment.

Shahbaz, who is also the leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, said Broadsheet was established during Pervaiz Musharraf’s tenure.

“…NAB-Niazi nexus along with Shahzad Akbar tried hard to prove corruption against Nawaz Sharif; however, they failed miserably,” he added.

He questioned where is the joint investigation team (JIT) held Nawaz accountable. Shahbaz reiterated that nothing has been proved despite 20 years of investigation.

The PML-N leader said that the PTI-led government ridiculed, propagandised Nawaz and the party on television; and today everybody witnessed the “drop scene.”

Broadsheet CEO apologises to Nawaz Sharif

Earlier today, Moussavi had issued a profound apology to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, withdrawing all corruption allegations and for being part of a “witch hunt” that has been running in the name of accountability for over two decades.

In an exclusive interview to Geo News, the Broadsheet CEO and former Oxford University associate said he was apologising to Nawaz Sharif to set the record straight that he had not found a “scintilla of evidence” and “not one rupee” during Broadsheet’s forensic investigation against Nawaz and his family for over two decades.

Last year, Moussavi had won over $30 million from the government of Pakistan at London High Court after the arbitration judge Sir Anthony’s ruling in favour of Moussavi and the same case had cost Pakistan over $65 million.

Moussavi had worked as an international arbitrator at the International Court of Arbitration and as an associate fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University and Head of Public Interest Law, Oxford University.

Broadsheet had signed a contract with the Pervez Musharraf government in 1999 to find the wealth allegedly stolen by Nawaz Sharif, Benazir Bhutto and hundreds of Pakistanis from civil, political, business to military backgrounds.

Moussavi said Broadsheet’s investigations found no evidence of corruption, stolen or hidden wealth or unexplained wealth anywhere in the world.

He said: “Not one rupee. We found a lot of plundered wealth but not one rupee relating to Nawaz, the former prime minister, or any member of his family. Not one rupee, I can categorically say that after virtually 21 years of investigations. If anybody tells you otherwise, they are lying to you.”

Moussavi has extensively dealt with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and said he had no doubt left that the NAB had made cases against Nawaz Sharif on political grounds and that was the reason why he was apologising to Nawaz Sharif.

Shahbaz welcomes the Council of the Foreign Ministers

Meanwhile, Shahbaz welcomed the leaders who have arrived in Pakistan for the ongoing 48th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) conference.

He said that the leaders should raise issues regarding the oppression in Kashmir and Palestine during the session, hoping that the Pakistan tour becomes a memorable trip for the visiting dignitaries.

Shahbaz further added that the leaders should also raise the Afghanistan issue highlighting the serious threat of famine.

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