Cases against Nawaz can't be revoked : Aziz

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Islamabad, Oct 10 (UNI) Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said the cases against former premier Nawaz Sharif cannot be revoked under the National Reconciliation Ordinance as they have already been decided by the court.

Mr Aziz said the PML-N leader was convicted and left for Saudi Arabia to escape life imprisonment.

The Prime Minister hailed the legislation, saying it will put an end to vindictive politics and corruption in the country.

He clarified that only those cases which were pending with the National Accountability Bureau or date between 1988-1999 will be withdrawn under the Ordinance, The News quoted Mr Aziz as saying in an interview.

He rejected speculation that Washington had played a role in the power sharing deal between the government and Pakistan People's Party and the promulgation of the Ordinance to ensure safe return of the party chief Benazir Bhutto.

''Pakistan does not frame laws at the request of any country.

People of Pakistan will do what is best for them....don't take them for granted,'' he asserted.

''We have not benefited from the ordinance nor intend to benefit from it, Mr Aziz said.

Pakistan, he added, has still a long way to go to combat corruption although its ranking has significantly improved in the Transparency International's most recent report, he noted.


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