Sharif may fly abroad soon: Rehman Malik

Islamabad: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senior leader Senator Rehman Malik has predicted that Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader Nawaz Sharif may fly abroad soon.

Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to seven years in prison after an accountability court convicted him in the Al-Azizia reference.

But Rehman Malik said:  “I saw his facial reactions. He doesn’t seem well. My prediction as a political worker is that his conviction could be overturned in a month or so and he might even leave the country for medical treatment abroad.”

About PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif, Malik said: “Shehbaz Sharif is a lucky guy.” Malik said that Shehbaz Sharif was finally chosen as the Public Accounts Committee chairman after being elected the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. “It’s a good thing, if he’s being able get things done in his favour.”

He said the murder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Ali Raza Abidi was a conspiracy to disturb Karachi’s law and order situation.  “When things like this start happening, it’s a sign that things won’t be good,” he added. Senator Malik said that he’s seeing grave turmoil in the country’s political landscape.

Responding to a question whether former president Asif Ali Zardari was ready to go to jail, he said, “Zardari has been tested when he was being incarcerated for 12 years. He’s neither afraid of jail nor anyone else.”

Malik said every time a political leader is arrested, especially in circumstances like these, it makes the situation worse.