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Nawaz continues criticism of CJP Nisar day after PM’s meeting with top judge

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif continued his criticism of Chief Justice (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday, only hours after Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi called on the CJP in an apparent bid to defuse tensions between the executive and judiciary.
“The tamasha [circus] that you are seeing here cannot go on for long,” Sharif said while talking to reporters after his appearance at an accountability court in Islamabad.
Repeatedly asked about the surprise meeting between the prime minister and CJP, Sharif avoided the question and instead chose to criticise Justice Nisar.
“I cannot say for sure but I think that we were the [real] target” of the Supreme Court’s scrutiny of medical colleges and visits to hospitals. He explained that this was because his family runs the Sharif Medical City which is a charitable institution.He added that it appeared that the purpose of the scrutiny was to implicate his family but it could not be fulfilled as nothing incriminating was present against them.
Sharif claimed that first the role of the parliament slipped into “hands of others” as he was removed from PML-N presidency by striking down the provisions of Elections Act 2017 and now the role of the executive has also been allegedly taken in control by the CJP because of his suo motu actions.
“Feel free to take action [on public issues] but also do something about the 1.8 million cases pending in different courts,” Sharif said.
Sharif, his family and aide Ishaq Dar are facing multiple corruption references filed on orders of SC in the Panama Papers verdict which also disqualified the thrice prime minister from holding public office. Sharif was later also removed as the PML-N’s president after being re-elected following the Elections Act 2017 coming into force when the SC held that a disqualified person cannot become a party head in any capacity.