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It's victory of democracy, people of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Thursday termed the Supreme Court case verdict on Panama Leaks as victory of democracy and people of Pakistan.
While expressing satisfaction over the Supreme Court's decision, the PML-N has lambasted Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).
Speaking to newsmen after announcement of the verdict, Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said that court's decision has vindicated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's stance of establishing a joint investigation commission to probe the matter.
Khawaja Asif hailed the Supreme Court's decision on Panama Papers case as a victory of the Pakistan Muslim League-N.  He said the evidence that the opponents had provided to the court was insufficient.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has proved as "Sadiq and Ameen" (truthful and honest), he claimed.
The court decision would be followed in letter and spirit he said and advised Imran Khan to fulfill his responsibilities by serving the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who had voted for him.He said that the journey of progress and prosperity would continue and the PML-N would again form government in 2018. Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said the judgment is victory of democracy and people of Pakistan. He said the judgment reflects that the failed politicians who intended to derail democracy have once again been defeated.
Ahsan Iqbal said PTI that continuously propagated against the Prime Minister in the form of Dharnas and agitating politics has been miserably failed to derail democracy as the court declined its plea to denotify Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. Railways Minister Saad Rafique said that the government would respect the court decision and fully cooperate with JIT. He said that it is victory of Nawaz Sharif his team, and democracy loving people of Pakistan.
Recording her impressions, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Maryam Aurangzeb said the judgment of the court is in line with the stance adopted by PML (N). She said the Prime Minister had offered JIT so that there is transparency in investigations. She expressed the confidence that investigations of JIT would endorse the viewpoint of PML (N) and the Prime Minister.
Spokesman of the Prime Minister Musadik Malik expressed satisfaction over pronouncement of the verdict and said the opposition should have no objection to formation of the JIT. In a tweet message, PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz congratulated the nation on Supreme Court's decision of not disqualifying Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers case.
Counsel for Prime Minister's sons Salman Akram Raja said that majority decision is the real decision of the court.
He said the court has decided to go for investigations, which was our plea from the very beginning. He said dissenting notes are no more than personal opinions.
Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali says people of Pakistan have rejected negative politics of PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
Speaking outside Apex court in Islamabad Thursday, he said Imran Khan's politics based on lie and courts of the country always give judgments on basis of strong evidences not as per desires.
He said the country has embarked on path of development under leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but Imran Khan is having difficult to digest it.
Abid Sher Ali said that PTI has no any proof against the Prime Minister. He said some anti-developmental elements are in state of frustration owing to fast pace development of country, therefore they are trying to halt process of progress but they will not succeed in their bad intentions.
Speaking outside Apex court in Islamabad on Thursday, he said the country has embarked on path to development under leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, but Imran Khan is having difficulties to digest it.
Abid Sher Ali said courts makes decisions in the light of evidence and not on personal wishes. Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf said that Supreme Court's decision is in the best interest of Pakistan, the people, and democracy.
He said PTI Chief Imran Khan should have focused on serving the masses in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where his party is in power. He said that PTI will lose space in KP due to Imran Khan's chaotic and destructive politics. 
Supreme Court of Pakistan announcing the highly-anticipated reserved judgment, has on Thursday ordered to constitute a joint investigation team in Panama Papers case. A split judgement was announced which is 3-2 among the bench. Two dissenting notes in the judgement were given by Justice Khosa and Justice Gulzar. The two judges ruled against PM Nawaz Sharif, whereas the other three were in favour of forming a JIT. - NNI