Sharif says PML-N victory in Lodhran by-poll vindicates his stance

Maryam Nawaz said that the anti-graft body NAB has nothing against the Sharif family

He saluted the Pakistani nation and said people responded when the popular leader (Nawaz) took his petition in the court of the people.

State Minister for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Mariyum Aurangzeb in a statement issued after the victory of the Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) candidate in Lodhran by-election on Monday said that the people of Lodhran had buried the politics of lies, anarchy and abuses forever.

Chairman Imran Khan said that he would come back stronger and win the next general elections despite an embarrassing defeat in the by-election of Lodhran.

Results from 310 polling stations disclosed Shah had bagged 113,542 votes.

He asked how long they will have to appear before courts and face supplementary references.

He said that filing of supplementary references raised questions over the credibility of the references, which had earlier been filed by the NAB. "Had there been any substantial truth and evidence in the original reference there'd be no need for additional references", said Nawaz.

After Panama Papers verdict, the NAB had filed three references regarding London properties, Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investments against Nawaz Sharif, his children - Hasan, Hussain and Maryam Nawaz - and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar.

The references are being prepared in light of an interview given by Nawaz Sharif's son, Hussain Nawaz, to a private news channel.

Without naming anyone, the former premier said, the powers that be wanted him to be punished at any cost.

At the start of the hearing, the court was informed that lawyers are not attending courts to observe three-day mourning after the death of eminent lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jehangir who passed away in Lahore on Sunday.

The court has adjourned the case until Feb 15.

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