PML-N blames ex judges, generals for inflation.

ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) blamed on Monday some former judges of the Supreme Court and ex-military generals for the current wave of inflation and inflated electricity bills that landed on consumers' doorsteps this July.

Apparently, in an attempt to build up momentum for PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif's likely return to Pakistan from London coming October, the party's leadership has once again started creating narrative against the judges and generals who, according to them, played a role in Sharif's conviction and disqualification back in 2017.

Additionally, the PML-N has turned its guns on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and his former government, holding them responsible for the current crisis.

'The group of judges who had disqualified Nawaz Sharif in 2017 is responsible for the inflation as [the decision] dealt a blow to Pakistan's economic stability and democracy,' PML-N's former energy minister Khurram Dastgir Khan said.

'This group was supported by (former army chief) General Bajwa and (ex-DG ISI) General Faiz who imposed Imran Khan on the people of Pakistan after a long conspiracy,' Dastgir added, saying the PML-N's track record of taking the country out of energy-related crisis was 'superb'.

The PML-N leadership blames former five-member bench of Supreme Court, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, along with several others, including former chief justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar, for Sharif's disqualification in Panama Papers case and several other decisions.

Strange as it may seem, Nawaz had previously accused Bajwa of toppling his government, pressuring the judiciary and installing the government of Imran in the 2018 elections but his younger brother, former PM Shehbaz Sharif has lauded the former army chief's services when he bid farewell to him in November 2022.

Nawaz, while speaking via video-link from London to a gathering organised by the then united opposition at Gujranwala, had said that Bajwa had 'packed up our government, which was working well, and put the nation and the country at the altar' of his wishes.

He had blamed the generals and the judges for what he said were trumped-up charges but no practical step was taken against anyone when the PML-N-led government ruled.

Though the Shehbaz-led 16-month government - which the coalition parties themselves ended prematurely this...

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