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.
In Pakistan’s political culture, the ghosts of vanquished leaders prove to be more potent than their live versions.
The poll was seen as a test of support for the Sharif dynasty ahead of the 2018 general election.
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.
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.