Nawaz Sharif says Daily mail’s apology proves our innocence
PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said that the British publication Daily Mail’s apology was proof of their innocence and that former prime minister Imran Khan and PTI senior leader Shahzad Akbar should hang their heads in shame now.
In an interview, Nawaz Sharif lashed out at former accountability minister Shahzad Akbar for making ‘false allegations’ against PM Shehbaz Sharif at the behest of PTI chairman Imran Khan.
“The renowned British newspaper has apologized as they found no evidences of corruption,” Nawaz said.
He furthered that false allegations of money laundering, corruption, commissions, kickbacks were made against PM Shehbaz but National Crime Agency (NCA) has investigated the allegations and issued a ‘clean chit’ to the premier.
Former prime minister went on to say that Imran Khan and Shahzad Akbar should hang their heads in shame after Daily Mail’s apology.
Earlier, the British publication Daily Mail tendered an apology to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif while withdrawing allegations of corruption against him and his son-in-law Imran Ali Yousaf.
In an article, Daily Mail journalist David Rose has leveled allegations against Premier Shehbaz about the alleged misappropriation of British public funds.
“We accept Mr Sharif has never been accused by the National Accountability Bureau of any wrongdoing in relation to British public money or DFID grant aid. We are pleased to make this clear and apologise to Mr Sharif for this error,” the clarification read.
In 2019, Daily Mail had published an article alleging that Shehbaz Sharif, as Punjab Chief Minister, had embezzled and laundered British government aid money.
The Daily Mail newspaper alleged that Shehbaz Sharif had misused UK taxpayers’ money, particularly money that was given as aid to the victims of the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan.
Shehbaz Sharif later filed a defamation case against the allegation in January 2020, demanding withdrawal of the allegation, payment of damages and an apology.
In March this year, the newspaper submitted a 50-page response to Shehbaz Sharif’s defamation case.