The latest chapter in the mullah-military alliance marks the metamorphosis of Pakistan’s socio-polity from a post-colonial form to a more organic religious one.
Sharif, who had been in London with his wife who is undergoing cancer treatment, is due to appear in court on Friday over allegations linked to London properties the family owns, charges that could see the former premier jailed.
Sharif said there was no precedent for indicting someone in his absence. “I hope I will get justice,” he told reporters in London in remarks broadcast by local Geo TV, adding that he would travel home to attend the next court hearing.
Recent remarks by the director general of Inter-Services Public Relations make evident that the Pakistani civilian leadership has no control over the country’s domestic and foreign policies, and that the army is, in fact, in charge.
Sharif is likely to be accompanied by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders at his first appearance before the accountability court.
In Pakistan’s political culture, the ghosts of vanquished leaders prove to be more potent than their live versions.
The election commission’s preliminary results released on Monday showed that the candidate of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party took 37.6% of the vote, up from 35% in the last poll.
The poll was seen as a test of support for the Sharif dynasty ahead of the 2018 general election.
The Supreme Court in July disqualified Sharif because he did not declare a monthly salary, equivalent to $2,722, from a company owned by his son.
The National Accountability Bureau had issued summons to Sharif, his children – sons Hussain and Hasan, daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain Safdar.
The decision to put forward Sharif’s wife is in keeping with Pakistan’s tradition of dynastic politics and also indicates the former premier will likely remain involved behind the scenes.
Sharif and the PML-N leadership have decided that Shahbaz should continue in his role as chief minister of the politically vital Punjab province.
A quick political transition may ease fears that the nuclear-armed nation will be plunged into another bout of political turmoil.
Nawaz Sharif resigned last week after the Supreme Court disqualified him for not declaring a source of income – which the three-time premier disputes receiving.
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While the army will likely continue to use the judiciary as a pawn and wield power from behind the scenes, it remains to be seen if any other leader can stand up to it.
The end to Sharif’s stint has raised questions about Pakistan’s democracy. No prime minister has completed a full term in power since independence.
Shahbaz must contest a by-election for parliament to be eligible to take the reins. Nawaz also nominated Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as interim prime minister.
Pakistan was left with no government leader after Friday’s Supreme Court verdict, which also ordered a criminal corruption probe against Sharif’s family.
The Supreme Court said Nawaz Sharif is not fit to hold office and ordered a criminal investigation into the corruption charges against him and his family.
The court also disqualified Sharif from office after an investigative panel alleged his family could not account for its vast wealth.
The best way to pay homage to those who lost their lives fighting in Kargil is to remember what was learnt and incorporate that in future practice – something India is yet to do.
On Monday, a no-confidence vote against Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed had been previously scheduled, but cancelled last week.
Defence minister Khawaja Asif is the “most potential” candidate, while speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi are in the shortlist.
The court is expected to make a decision in a week or two, with analysts split on whether it will dismiss Sharif or recommend a fresh investigation.
The six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT), set up by the apex court, recommended filing a corruption case against Sharif and his children on July 10.
The joint investigation team in its final report to the Supreme Court found the assets of Sharif and three of his children to be more than the sources of their income.
CPEC seems more like a Chinese project; the benefits are heavily loaded towards China, with Pakistan benefiting because it happens to be “part of the geographical terrain”.
The joint investigation team has asked the Pakistan prime minister to appear with all documents related to the scam, in which he has denied all charges.
The editors stood by the journalist, who also stood up staunchly and refused to reveal sources for the news, protecting freedom of expression.
With none of the issues which have kept them apart for two years resolved, and the Jadhav case now casting its shadow, the outlook for progress is not good.
Modi and Pakistan President Nawaz Sharif will face each other for the first time since 2015, though no talks are planned between the two.
To raise its standing in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, India should rope in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in its effort to project Chabahar as a gateway to Eurasia.
The withdrawal of the April 29 tweet by the army could mean the two power centres in Pakistan have arrived at a settlement.
The Modi government’s conundrum is that if it rides the jingoism tiger, it will have to retaliate against Pakistan – but that will risk conflict between two nuclear armed nations.
The special cell to help constitute the Joint Investigation Team to probe Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s alleged corruption.
With each new domestic crisis, the civilian government’s political space keeps shrinking.
Even as the Pakistani opposition frets about the sudden visit of an Indian businessman, the military ups its hand by releasing the ‘confession’ of an ‘Indian-backed’ terrorist.
In the second such killing over blasphemy in a week police say that one of the women acted as an instigator, persuading the other two to carry out the act.