The decision of IHC division bench to suspend the sentences of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and his son in law Safdar and ordered to release them from prison on bail. This is the first legal victory of the Sharif family in last one year. They finally get some relief from the courts.
Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam is facing tough time in the courts. This judgment will provide them much needed relief and they will be able to spend some time outside the prison. Nawaz Sharif is still facing two other cases in the accountability court in which he can lands back in the prison if convicted. But Maryam is not accused in the other two references.
Nawaz Sharif will do whatever is possible for him to do to save his brave daughters political future. Nawaz Sharif wants to see Maryam as his political heir. One like it or not but Maryam has cemented her position within the PML-N and as a popular leader.
Sharif family is facing difficult times since one year. It all started from panama leaks. Nawaz Sharif then prime minister asked the Supreme Court to probe the Panama leaks and allegations against Sharif family. The SC formed the JIT (joint investigation team) to further probe the case. The SC bench disqualified the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for life in this case.
The Supreme Court ordered NAB to file three references against Nawaz Sharif and his two sons. The SC also asked to file one reference against Maryam Nawaz in Avenfield flats case. The accountability court sentenced Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and his son in law Captain Safdar in Avenfield reference on 06 July 2018.
Meanwhile, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz fell ill and doctors diagnosis cancer. She went to London for the treatment. After fighting her illness she died last week in London. Both Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz saw her in July this year when she was in comma.
Both Nawaz Sharif and Maryam could not spend time with Begum Kulsoom Nawaz on her death bed. Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s death caused lot of pain and grief for Sharif family. The government released Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar on parole to attend the funeral prayers and spend some time with the grieved family.
PML-N lost the July 25 general elections and also failed to form the government in Punjab. There were lots of speculations regarding the future of PML-N as a political party. Their release will boost the morale of the party workers.
But the political problems and difficulties are not over yet for Sharif family and PML-N. The establishment is standing firmly behind the PTI government. PML-N is not enjoying good relations with establishment. So it will be interesting to see that what sort of political strategy Nawaz Sharif is going to pursue. Whether he will tone down his anti-establishment rhetoric and statements or adopt a reconciliatory tone and political strategy.
Even though IHC judgment provided temporary relief to Sharif family but this is very important development for the future of their family politics and PML-N. It will negate the impression that the politics of PML-N and Maryam is over. The impression was created that Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz are no more relevant in Pakistani politics and their party is over. This relief will enable them to make a strong comeback in the politics.
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22 August, 2019