Nawaz Sharif’s unstable health led to one more political debate on social media where the workers of the PML-N are demanding immediate release of their leader. Will it affect the court’s hearings in the future?
Nawaz Sharif, former premier and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader, was shifted to the Services Hospital on Monday night after his health worsened. According to reliable sources, the former Premier was not well, therefore he was brought to the hospital for his medical check-up.
The opposition is putting pressure on the government and the NAB to offer both Nawaz and Asif Ali Zardari some concessions in corruption cases. According to details, the PML-N workers reached the NAB office in Lahore and started protesting outside the main gate for the provision of better health facilities to the former premier. The also demanded immediate release of the former Premier.
On social media, the trend on the top was #releaseNawazSharif after the news of his health went viral. This prompted political commentators to look into the matter and determine if such emotional moments can be used to seek legal concessions.
This is not for the first time that the opposition parties are using ‘illness’ to seek political concessions. In Pakistan, it has become a trend that influential people fall ill when they are arrested due to some illegal activities. Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has once asked how everyone who was arrested by NAB fell ill and remarked that NAB should construct a state-of-the-art hospital to treat those people. He further said that some people were exploiting the law that allows prisoners with health problems to be transferred to a hospital. “It has become a regular practice,” he claimed. “Medical boards grant favors to people accused of crimes.” Justice Khosa was hearing Sharjeel Inam bail application on December 2017.
Political commentators believe that both the PPP and PML-N are making all possible efforts to seek political concession since both have failed to get any relief from the courts. In the case of Nawaz Sharif, his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, left no stone unturned for her father’s release. But the premier has made it clear that he won’t offer any NRO without getting the looted money back to Pakistan. The same has been stated about the former President, Asif Ali Zardari. These are the fresh attempts to seek public sympathy and get concessions from the courts or government.
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16 November, 2019