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Won’t let elections get delayed at any cost: Nawaz

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Monday that they will not let general elections be delayed in the country at any cost.
He was responding to a question regarding possibilities of a poll delay following a failed assassination attempt on Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday.
Interacting with reporters outside the accountability court after attending the hearing of a corruption case against him and his family, while referring to the Supreme Court’s order calling back police personnel from security duties of non-essential personnel, he wondered where the minister’s security was at the time of the incident.
Nawaz also regretted that had the allegations against him been legitimate, the cases would have reached their conclusions in “eight weeks not eight months”.
Nawaz also lamented that corruption cases against members of the Pakistan Peoples Party have been in the cold storage for years while the ones against him are being rushed without any headway.
Noting that today was his 62nd appearance in court, the three-time prime minister wondered how long these cases would drag on as the first extension of the six-month deadline has now passed as well.
The former premier pleaded for the cases to be taken back as “there is nothing in them”.
He also claimed that the witnesses brought by the prosecution failed to provide anything substantial against him and his family with regard to the charges.