NationalVolume 12 Issue # 22

The Apex Court — only hope in Pakistan

Many things, good and bad, are happening simultaneously in Pakistan. One good thing, which has occurred in Pakistan, is that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has appeared before the Panama Papers Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing his family’s alleged corruption on 15th June. After a nearly twohour-long appearance before the JIT, the PM Nawaz Sharif said, “My financial documents are already available with all relevant institutions including the Supreme Court. Today, however, I submitted them to the JIT as well.”…”I have put myself and my family up for trial and provided the details of financial transactions made even before my own birth,” the prime minister said.

He added: “My opponents have levied charges of corruption against me. However, neither in the past, nor in the present, have any charges of corruption been proved against me and my family.”

“However, people should not forget that there will also be a larger JIT next year comprising 200 million people and they will decide who has worked for the betterment of the country,” the premier said in an apparent warning to his opponents about the upcoming 2018 General Election….”I came here today because we are all equally accountable to the institutions,” he said.

No doubt, by appearing before the JIT, the PM Sharif has shown some respect to the country’s law. He has also gained some political popularity among his party workers and supporters. The PML-N’s many political leaders are saying that after appearing before the JIT the PM has written a new history in Pakistan. Maryam Nawaz has said the day has created history in Pakistan. In a tweet, Maryam Nawaz said, “The day creates history and sets a much required and welcome precedent for others to emulate.” Many progovernment talk-show hosts, journalists and media houses are also praising the PM’s act. While, on the other hand, the PTI leader Imran Khan, the PPP, the JI along with many anti-Nawaz Sharif talk-show hosts, journalists and intellectuals are slamming the prime minister for refusing to resign after facing such grave corruption charges and appearing before the JIT in a criminal investigation.

It is a proven fact that Nawaz Sharif and his family are corrupt. After plundering the country and its poor people, Sharif family have bought many flats, established many business empires in the UK, Saudi Arabia and many other countries of the world. The ICIJ, the guardian and the BBC have already exposed the mega corruption of Nawaz Sharif and his family. Even the SC has given its verdict against Nawaz Sharif in the Asghar Khan case. Nawaz Sharif has himself confessed that he has taken money from the ISI and

All the aforementioned developments clearly manifest that the Nawaz Sharif, his family and the federal government are in a very precarious situation. Times have changed now. Due to the powerful Supreme Court, vibrant electronic, print and social media and changed international realities, Nawaz Sharif is not in a position to launch a physical attack on the SC and JIT’s members.

Osama bin Laden. He has introduced Changha Mangha culture in Pakistan. He and his government have also attacked the Supreme Court. The Model Town tragedy has happened during the present PML-N government in Punjab. The Supreme Court has also termed Nawaz Sharif as “godfather” who has made all the institutions of the state weak, submissive and corrupt just for protecting his own corrupt rule. These are established facts but, in spite of all these criminal activities and charges, Nawaz Sharif and his family are ruling the country and not willing to accept their corruption.

In fact, Nawaz Sharif has lost his moral authority to rule but the PML-N and its leadership have no concern with the question of morality. The PM is not willing to resign.

Osama bin Laden. He has introduced Changha Mangha culture in Pakistan. He and his government have also attacked the Supreme Court. The Model Town tragedy has happened during the present PML-N government in Punjab. The Supreme Court has also termed Nawaz Sharif as “godfather” who has made all the institutions of the state weak, submissive and corrupt just for protecting his own corrupt rule. These are established facts but, in spite of all these criminal activities and charges, Nawaz Sharif and his family are ruling the country and not willing to accept their corruption.

In fact, Nawaz Sharif has lost his moral authority to rule but the PML-N and its leadership have no concern with the question of morality. The PM is not willing to resign.

The entire world knows that the Panama Papers consist of 11 million documents, which the reporters of 100 media organisations in 80 countries have collected after very hard work. These papers have exposed 2, 15,000 offshore entities. Nawaz Sharif family is one of them. But the PM Nawaz Sharif is not accepting that the ICIJ has exposed his corruption. Rather he is blaming the PTI and other opposition parties for hatching conspiracy against him. This is a real Machiavellianism – a devilish stroke to divert the blame and attention of the people. Nawaz Sharif has proved himself a real Machiavellian Prince who can do everything, even put the national security at risk (classic example of the Dawn Leaks can be given in this case) for sustaining and protecting his rule.

According to the reports, although the PM, his two sons Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz and brother the CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif have appeared before the JIT, they have not cooperated with the JIT fully in answering the questions. They are fully aware that the JIT investigation is going against them. So, the Sharif family and the PML-N are trying their utmost to halt the process of the JIT’s investigation. To achieve this target, they are not only threatening the JIT members and their families but also trying to make it controversial by uttering very abusive sentences against the JIT. “The JIT is like a butcher’s shop”, one PML-N leader says. “If JIT can’t stop leakage of a screen shot of PM’s son, how will it provide justice.” “We are being politically victimized and I am saying from day-1 that this JIT is either biased against us or incompetent,” stated Talal Choudhry. Punjab’s Law Minister Rana Sanna ullah even threatened a street agitation and promised to lead it. Daniyal Aziz, Dr Fazal, Kirmani, Nihal Hashmi and some ladies are also talking openly against the JIT and its members. Senator Nehal Hashmi, in a video clip, which went viral on social media, had threatened the JIT and SC in these words: “Listen! You ask son of Nawaz Sharif to submit his account details. Who are you to seek his account details? We are the workers of Nawaz Sharif. We will make an example of those who are trying to hold him accountable.”

On the other hand, the JIT has told the Supreme Court that all the government institutions including the IB, FIA, FBR, SECP etc are not cooperating with the JIT. These institutiobs are also changing the record of the Sharif family. After listening these threats and seeing these negative activities of the PML-N leaders and its government, the Supreme Court has compared the federal government to the notorious Sicilian Mafia of Italy. It says that government has, apparently, joined the ranks of terrorists. The Apex Court said on 20th June , “the federal government seems focused on influencing public opinion through the media rather than presenting a solid case on its apprehensions regarding the Panamagate probe in court”.

Lending his voice on the issue, Justice Azmat Saeed commented that if one was to go by the day’s newspapers, it would appear that the Attorney General’s services were no longer required.

“The media seems to have already handed out the verdict on channels and newspapers,” he remarked. “Reports suggest that the government is getting [such reports] published itself.”

“[Nonetheless,] media reports cannot influence the court and we know what needs to be done,” he continued. “We are not as immature as to not understand what is happening here,” he concluded.

All the aforementioned developments clearly manifest that the Nawaz Sharif, his family and the federal government are in a very precarious situation. Times have changed now. Due to the powerful Supreme Court, vibrant electronic, print and social media and changed international realities, Nawaz Sharif is not in a position to launch a physical attack on the SC and JIT’s members.

After Eid, Nawaz Sharif will try to survive till general election in 2018. While, the PTI and other opposition parties will try to see Nawaz Sharif behind the bar in corruption charges. The Supreme Court will give its final decision after receiving the JIT report.

Shaheen Sehbai has very aptly said: “One thing is clear If Sharif goes down, the entire Sharif family, his government and the PML-N’s house of cards will go down with him”. So, very interesting times are coming.

On the other hand, Pakistani society, no doubt, has become an insane and cruel society, where evil and dark forces are trying their utmost to defeat and kill all the forces of goodness, truth, virtue, tenderness and love. Even many well-educated and professional people have become callous, immoral, extremists and bigot. On June 1, a sanitary worker Irfan who “fell unconscious while cleaning a drain lost his life after doctors at Civil Hospital Umerkot refused to treat him until his body was washed”. It is said that one of the doctors refused to attend the Irfan because he was observing fast. In his eyes, if he touches the dirty body to save the life of a human being, his fast will be broken. Misunderstanding and misusing of the religion is the real tragedy of Pakistan. Even, well-educated doctors don’t know that Islam says who saves the life of one person saves the lives of all human beings. In another case, Baksheesh Elahi, a journalist and the editor of K2 – an Urdu publication from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was killed by unknown attackers. It is yet another attack against the auspicious profession of journalism and free speech in Pakistan. He is not the only one. Pakistan has already been declared the fourth most dangerous country in the world for journalists in 2016. A week ago, another Journalist Rana Tanveer from the Express Tribune “was run over by a car after he was repeatedly threatened. His crime – report on issues of minorities, the Ahmadiyya community in particular”. In another case, “two minors died in the Hazro area of Attock district after their mother threw them and a sibling into a 30-foot deep well before jumping in herself in an apparent bid at suicide. Saeeda Bibi was reportedly agitated for not being able to buy her children new clothes for Eid”. All these tragic news manifest that Pakistan is becoming more and more instable. Now, only the Supreme Court can save the country from failure and instability by bringing all the culprits of corruption to book. There is no other hope.

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