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Panamagate case ruling damages democracy: Ex-Pak President Zardari

PTI Islamabad 20 Apr 2017, 19:18:29 IST

Pakistan's former president Asif Ali Zardari today condemned the Supreme Court's ruling in the Panamagate case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, saying the decision has not only "damaged" democracy but also justice. 

“I condemn the judgement and ask Sharif to resign,” he said in a press conference after a Supreme Court bench declared there was "insufficient evidence" to remove Sharif from office but ordered setting up of a Joint Investigation Team to probe the graft allegations against his family.

The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairperson took a swipe at the court, saying "we never expected any justice from the court." 

"With today's decision, not only democracy but also justice itself have been damaged. I also says that people have been made fool through the judgement," Zardari said. 

He, however, hailed the two senior judges who asked Sharif, 67, to resign. 

He said junior officers working under "Sharif cannot deliver justice as part of Joint Investigation Team (JIT) when the highest court failed to deliver justice.