ISLAMABAD: With no clear winners or losers following the eagerly-anticipated verdict by the Supreme Court in the Panama leaks case, the ruling PML-N and the opposing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf have both decided to observe Friday as ‘Thanksgiving day’.
PML-N said it would observe Friday as ‘Thanksgiving Day’, after the Supreme Court declared there was insufficient evidence to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and ordered further investigations into corruption allegations levelled by the opposition.
The people and workers of the party would express their gratitude to the Almighty today, a PML-N spokesperson said, as the PML-N camp hailed the apex court’s verdict a victory for the party.
At the other end of the spectrum, Imran Khan’s PTI announced it would mark Friday as the day of ‘Riddance and Thanksgiving’ to acclaim the Panama verdict.
PTI’s central information secretary Naeemul Haq said his party would observe ‘Thanksgiving day’ across the country on the instruction of party chairman Imran Khan.
He said that the party workers would offer “Nawafil’ after the Friday prayers.
“Langar” (free food) would also be distributed among deserving people and prayers would be held today for the country’s future, he added.
PML-N celebrates SC decision
Declaring the Panama verdict a victory for the party, PM’s daughter Maryam Nawaz said the petitioners had failed to prove any of their allegations and shared pictures of the celebratory atmosphere at the PML-N camp on Twitter.
Speaking to media following the decision, PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique said that Nawaz Sharif, his team, PML-N, their voters and all Pakistanis who are advocates of democracy had won.
“The order to create a joint investigation team is the victory of the PM’s point of view,” Rafique added.
Speaking to TV Channel in London, PM’s son Hasan Nawaz thanked God for the decision.
Reacting to the apex court’s decision, the Prime Minister vowed to implement ‘in letter and spirit’ the verdict of the Panama leaks case and said that he had put himself before the court’s mercy and Allah made him successful.-Web Desk