By Obaid ur Rehman.
So, the final moment arrived and long wait finally came to an end. The honourable judges of Supreme Court of Pakistan announced the verdict of Panama Case after 57 days since the last hearing. The decision of the Apex Court was curiously and anxiously awaited across the country with speculations going around that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif could be ousted. Two judges remarked for Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification whereas the other three opted for the formation of Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the offshore properties of Nawaz Sharif’s family.
Soon after the announcement of verdict, followers and supporters of accused Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and PMLN started celebrating and distributing sweets assuming that Supreme Court of Pakistan has declared their leader innocent and Nawaz Sharif is all clear having no charges over him. Not only the followers, but the leaders and ministers of PMLN also started believing and assuming that Nawaz Sharif has won the case and the Supreme Court has given him a clean-chit.
The credibility and morality of PMLN supporters can be judged from the allocation of budget by the Federal and Punjab Governments for their education. Probably because of lack of moral values, education and common sense, they are considering that Supreme Court’s verdict is actually Nawaz Sharif’s victory. Someone to tell them that out of 5 judges, 2 senior most judges Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, head of the bench and Justice Ejaz Afzal gave the remarks that the PM must be de-notified and he is not eligible to continue his premiership. Whereas 3 other judges remarked that yet further investigations need to be done to probe further about Sharif’s family offshore companies.
PM Nawaz Sharif is yet under trial and PMLN and its supporters should be more concerned about the remarks given by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Ejaz Afzal. Their remarks are enough for a sitting Prime Minister to show some moral values and discontinue with his premiership under such consequences. Moreover, the other three judges have opted for further investigation and thus there was no one among the panelists to declare Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as “Honest” and “Upright” as per constitution’s requirement. It is not something to celebrate for PMLN supporters but extremely shameful for them that how stubborn their PM is that he sacrifices his self respect even without having any guilt just for the sake of his premiership.
I ask PMLN supporters and ministers dancing on Qatari Letters and so called proofs about the reason of their celebration, specifically when Apex Court of Supreme Court has rejected all of their provided evidences to get PM a clean-chit. It was actually because of lack of enough evidences from the petitioners that the other three judges announced that further investigations are important to be carried out. Yet on the other end, for the other two judges, these evidences from petitioners and weaknesses from PM’s Counsel were completely enough to de-notify PM Nawaz Sharif.
Now Nawaz Sharif will have to appear in front of JIT consisting of officials from National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), State Bank of Pakistan, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI). The JIT will be led by an FIA Officer of Director – General level. As per Supreme Court’s decision, Nawaz Sharif is now answerable to JIT and will be telling JIT members about the record of his financial investment and children’s offshore accounts.
For PMLN supporters, it is to be made clear that even in front of JIT, their leader Nawaz Sharif won’t be able to come up with authentic evidences against all the allegations. If Nawaz Sharif ever had those documents from which he could prove himself innocent, then he would have produced them in front of the Apex Court of Supreme Court. But the matter of fact is, Qatari Letters, only evidence, that too an unofficial one was completely rejected by all the five judges of larger bench.
Seeking for an authentic and logical answer, I ask PMLN supporters that do they know what a decent, upright and honest man in a civilized country would have done if he had been implicated in a corruption case. He would immediately have resigned until proven innocent. The Prime Minister of Iceland was one of those being named in Panama Leaks having an offshore company, and he resigned immediately as he had to. He did because he had moral values and ethics for which he resigned. Unfortunately Nawaz Sharif lacks on these grounds where you talk about dignity. He certainly is scared of doing so and does not have enough guts to set examples on a positive note.
Right from the start when the Panama Leaks surfaced on international circuit, Nawaz Sharif had tried his best to divert nation’s attention from the issue. He lied on the floor of National Assembly about his sources of investment for London Flats and later then in Panama Case proceedings, his counsel declared his in National Assembly as a political one.
PML N supporters who defend Nawaz Sharif should be asked about their leader’s honesty and dignity for constantly lying. He did not ever in his life have mentioned about his family’s business settlements with Qatari Prince but during Supreme Court’s proceedings, Nawaz Sharif suddenly realized that his father had some settlements in Qatar. He was always found quoting that his family had been victimized by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto as if Nawaz Sharif himself has never looted the people of Pakistan and laundered their hard earned money.
My fellow Pakistanis, trust me, Pakistani people are dying on the floors of hospitals right in front of Air Conditioned Metro Busses. When your kid is ill, you take him to the doctor for his checkup, you invest in his recovery and improvement in health. You do not spend your precious money on the renovation of your house just to make it look better. Wake up people, recognize the devils ruling over us for decades in form of Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari.
It’s not about having any political affiliation with some other party for criticizing Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari. The matter of concern is PMLN and PPP have been in governance for three decades, but today the condition of a common man is still the same as it was back then. Energy Crisis in Pakistan is in the same position as it was in 2008 when PPP came into power and in 2013 when PMLN came into power. We travel in Metro Busses in Rs. 20, but today every new-born baby has a loan of around 1.25 Lacs on his shoulder which was pretty much less than 100,000 some four years ago.
PMLN supporters should come out of this mental slavery and have their own constructive thoughts. Nawaz Sharif and his crime partner Asif Zardari won’t ever invest in education of our people because the day our people start getting basic education, they will actually start recognizing those politicians who sell the national interests just for the sake of filling their own pockets. That would be the last nail in political coffins of Corrupt Mafia, Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari.
Wake up my fellow Pakistanis, before it gets too late. It’s all upto us to bring change in our system. Expecting Nawaz Sharif doing so is useless and expecting his permanent mental slaves to come out from being in love with the corrupt Nawaz Sharif is useless, because these guys do not have a bit of morals, a bit of grace and a bit of ethics. Pakistan Zindabad, Pakistan Paindabad.
The writer is Islamabad based Research Analyst / Content Writer / Media Person and writes on Politics, Current Affairs, Social Issues and Sports. He can be reached at;