PML-N all smiles, PTI calls for PM's resignation

Published April 20, 2017
The Sharifs all smiles moments after the verdict — Maryam Nawaz's Twitter
The Sharifs all smiles moments after the verdict — Maryam Nawaz's Twitter

While the PML-N was quick to tweet photos and statements of celebration after the Supreme Court verdict on Panamagate, there was relative silence in the PTI camp before Imran Khan conducted a press conference demanding Nawaz Sharif’s resignation.

However, through its official account, the PTI spun the news as being "favourable" for its party half an hour after the verdict was announced.

The official account of the PTI in a tweet said, "Decision as it stands right now. Pakistan 2, corruption 0. 3 judgements reserved for PM and kids to show face in court for JIT."

PTI lawyer Fawad Chaudhry hit out at the PML-N leaders celebrating the verdict, saying: "These people who are raising victory slogans have not even read the verdict yet. Once they see it they will realise what has happened to them."

Nearly two hours after the verdict PTI's Asad Umer sent out tweets saying:

"All five judges reject the false stories presented by Nawaz Sharif. The two senior most judges find him guilty and say he should be disqualified."

"The two judges who decided that Nawaz Sharif stands disqualified are both future chief justices of the Supreme Court."

"The three other judges rejected the defence provided by Nawaz Sharif and ordered investigation by a joint investigation team."

"One year after panama disclosures and 5 and a half months after supreme court hearing started not a single judge found Nawaz Sharif innocent."

PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari also asked for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation during a press conference and wondered: "What are they distributing mithaai for?"

"They have not won, the judges have questioned their integrity," he said.

While speaking to private television channel Awami Muslim Leauge leader — and a party to the case — Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed seemed like he was riled up and said, "Just like Uzair Baloch, they are going to be presented in front of a JIT."

He added: "The courts have challenged all the money trails."

Earlier, minutes after the verdict was announced, PML-N leader Khawaja Asif was all smiles outside the apex court, when he boasted to reporters that evidence was lacking to find the prime minister guilty.

"I would like to mention that it has been established today that any evidence given by our opponents in the SC were not enough," Asif said.

Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal hailed it as a "historic victory", while Railways Minister Saad Rafique said the verdict is in the PML-N's favour.

"I would tell Imran Khan to go back to Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and try and work on the things that he promised people," Rafique said, mocking PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

PPP Senator Saeed Ghani took to Twitter to ask a question that would be popping up in a lot of heads:

"Is this judgement that can be remembered for 20yrs? Or for centuries? As claimed by two members of bench on two different occasion."

On the other hand, PPP leader Sharmila Farooqi tweeted to show respect towards the two judges that ruled against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif:

"Such deep respect for Justice Khosa and Justice Gulzar."

MQM leader Syed Ali Raza Abidi on the other hand seemed to agree with Imran Khan and tweeted:

"After today's decision PM should have the grace to step down himself until the JIT has completed the report for a final Panama case judgement."

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