Nawaz Sharif was finally allowed to fly out of the country on November 19. The former prime minister boarded the plane, amid reporters pointing out that he doesn’t look very sick. It has indeed been a long run for the ailing former prime minister, who is not likely to return anytime soon to serve his prison sentence.
The court order removing the travel obstacles and allowing Sharif to leave the country gave the government a much needed break. It would have been political suicide to let Nawaz go, for the PTI government. The judicial system finally took the fall and Sharif’s exit has armed the PTI supporters to the teeth with substantial political propaganda.
Sharif’s departure, after the long legal and political excursion may have resulted in some relief, but the PML-N is still trekking in deep water. Many party leaders are involved in ongoing cases and some are even in jail. Nawaz’s presence in Pakistan gave the party to hold onto a goal. Nawaz not returning to face his charges, even if he is too sick will severely damage PML-N’s credibility and vote bank. That puts PML-N in a tight spot. Maryam Nawaz, who is out of prison on bail, will be heading the party in the absence of her father, but the restrictions imposed upon her are also apparent.
Imran Khan’s stance on still perusing Nawaz Sharif on corruption charges and clear refusal for NRO, clearly dictates that there has been no change in his initial call. His combative stance remains the same regardless of the different opinions inside the PTI’s leaders’ coalition. It is important to note that many people belonging to the government seem to be acting out on their own.
Accused by many multiple times, the PTI government seems to have a personal enmity with political opponents. Imran Khan in his speech on November 18, was visibly angry and frustrated with the judiciary system for the ‘unfavorable’ rulings. There was a vast difference of opinion in the ranks of PTI government, regarding the matter of Sharif being allowed to seek medical treatment abroad. Many stated that it was VIP treatment of a criminal where as thousands of other prisoners were also seeking a similar outcome for themselves. The obscure political crisis has exposed weaker links of the PTI chain.
Even though the JUI-F’s Azadi March may not have proved to be successful, Maulana Fazlur Rehman still remain a man of all seasons. Maulana has elucidated that he will not back down and regardless of the effectiveness of Plan B it is still causing trouble. With each potential political opponent trying to find vulnerabilities, this split inside doesn’t fare well for PTI.
Imran Khan’s low reward battles on multiple fronts may cause his government to crumble. The chances of failure will be exalted, if Prime Minister Imran Khan does not exercise acuity in political and maintain a cautious approach.
Meanwhile, Conspiracy theories regarding a conflict between the government and military leadership have also surfaced. It took a serious turn when, a statement was issued by ISPR to address these concerns. The statement’s contents emphasized that the civil and military leaders are working in complete harmony with each other. A lot of conspiracy has surrounded the issue with many questioning, the exigency of such a statement at the moment? This also lacks a formal explanation from both.
Amid the prevailing confusion and chaos , the widespread perception of the military’s obscure puppet master role in political matters has also been reinforced.
There are some obvious signs of improvement in the country’s macroeconomic situation, but the need for political stability still remains. In conclusion, it doesn’t necessarily mean a compromise needs to be made regarding justice, PTI needs to work on the art of confrontation and get rid of its vendetta approach to politics.
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17 November, 2019