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'Was Zardari so naive that he got duped by me?': Nawaz responds to PPP leader's criticism

'Was Zardari so naive that he got duped by me?': Nawaz responds to PPP leader's criticism

PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday rubbished remarks attributed to PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, who was earlier reported to have said that he had been duped by Sharif into giving a hard-hitting statement against the army back in 2015.

A section of the electronic media had on Sunday reported that Zardari termed Sharif “far more cunning and opportunistic than we thought”. A day later, a PPP spokesperson had denied that Zardari issued any such statement concerning the disqualified prime minister.

Referring to his uncharacteristically aggressive anti-establishment speech of June 2015, Zardari was quoted as saying by the TV channels that he had been incited by then prime minister Sharif to say so. “I gave the statement after being duped by Nawaz,” he had reportedly said.

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Responding to the PPP leader's remarks, Sharif warned him against mud-slinging and distorting historical facts.

"Was Asif Zardari so naive and innocent that he easily got duped by me?" Sharif shot back, adding that he had, in fact, sent the former president a message of disapproval following his anti-establishment tirade.

Sharif recalled that he had even cancelled a meeting scheduled for the next day with Zardari following his speech and wondered why the PPP co-chairman did not speak up earlier about this.

"Where has he [Zardari] got the idea of uttering the truth now, after three years?"

The ousted premier commented that if Zardari claims he was following Sharif's commands in the past, he should also disclose "on whose instructions he has become a puppet now".

"If he was speaking my language earlier then he should be courageous and reveal whose language he is speaking now," Sharif remarked, suggesting to Zardari that he should focus on the upcoming elections instead and read the writing on the wall.

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