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Nawaz Sharif: The Rise and Fall of the Crown

Mian Nawaz Sharif inaugurated his political livelihood back in the course of a period where many industries, including the Sharif’s steel business, were taken into the public sector by Pakistan’s then-Prime Minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. His father, Mian Muhammad Sharif, was an entrepreneur who had next to no interest in politics, but when his factories were municipalised by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, he moulded up a hostility against him. In some way, General Jillani convinced him that his industries would be given back and by means of politics, he could even safeguard his big business.

All Mian Sharif wanted was to crack down on his business only; but as a consequence of backhanded pressure and wheeler-dealing from General Jillani, he approved his two sons to collaborate with the martial law authorities.

In this way, the two Sharifs were propelled into the realm of politics in the late 1970s. Nawaz Sharif officially joined the Pakistan Muslim League political party in 1976, which boasted a hard-wearing foot in the province of Punjab.

In the 1980s, Nawaz soon shinned up to notoriety when he was welcomed in the Punjab cabinet first as the Finance Minister during the period of General Ziaul Haq’s military command. Later on, he served as Chief Minister of Punjab in the 1980’s for two consecutive terms.

In late 1990, he was nominated Prime Minister for the first time beneath the placard of Islami Jamhuri Ittehad (IJI), which is a corporation of diverse right and centre-right political parties succeeding Benazir Bhutto’s government that was sent wrapped up not even two years of them in authority.

In 1997, Nawaz rose to supremacy yet again shortly shadowing the sacking of Benazir Bhutto’s second government with self-styled “heavy dictate” nursing a two-thirds margin in the parliament. Taking the sway to his advantage, he generated numerous modifications in the constitution that rendered him an incredibly influential Prime Minister.

In late 1999, Nawaz Sharif’s leadership went tumbling to the ground by General Pervez Musharraf. Nawaz was sent to Attock stronghold and was later indicted in the case of a plane hijacking. Benazir Bhutto was already in banishment and the former adversaries became buddies when Nawaz shifted to London from Saudi Arabia after five years.

In 2000, Nawaz was also sent into banishment to Saudi Arabia to the rear of an alleged covenant, under which he was forbidden to come back to Pakistan and obliged to abstain from politics for ten years.

In 2007, Nawaz gained consent to come back to Pakistan and was allowed to have his political party be included in the 2008 elections again. However, those elections were postponed for a month due to the assassination of Pakistan’s Peoples Party’s (PPP) Chairperson, Benazir Bhutto, in a bomb blast and shooting attack in the course of the election campaign.

In early 2008, the polls caused PPP to be brought into power, with PML-N becoming the second largest political party of Pakistan. Subsequently, the two parties formed a coalition government that barely saw the light of day for a few months.

In 2009, Nawaz commenced a long march against the PPP leadership to insist on for reestablishment of the ransacked judiciaries.

In 2013, Nawaz Sharif was sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan after the elections for the second time.

In 2014, Nawaz proclaimed the verdict to maintain responsibility for the house as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) front-runner Imran Khan unleashed widespread protests.

In 2015, the Panama documents were circulated, which provided evidence that Nawaz and his children possessed several corporations and properties abroad.

In mid-2017, the supreme court of Pakistan ruled out Nawaz from running the public office and in April 2018, Nawaz Sharif was disqualified from maintaining public office for good.

In July 2018, the tarnished preceding of Nawaz Sharif propelled him towards the gates of the crown court yet again and he was therefore found guilty along with his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, for not giving a proper paper trail for the Avenfield apartments that the family owns in the UK, by an accountability court. Nawaz was sentenced to 10 years in prison and Maryam was assigned with a 7-year-long verdict together with her retired husband Captain Safdar, who was handed down with 1-year-long jail term. The Supreme Court ordered their properties to be surrendered in favour of the federal government. The father-daughter duet was also penalised with 8 million pounds and 2 million pounds, respectively.

Maryam was convicted under Section 9(a)(12) of the NAB ordinance, whereas Nawaz violated Section 9(a)(12) and 9(a)(4) of the ordinance, which states: “if he by corrupt, dishonest, or illegal means, obtains or seeks to obtain for himself, or for his spouse or dependents or any other person, any property, valuable thing, or pecuniary advantage,” then the accused is corrupt. However, the former Prime Minister has not been indicted for corruption yet.

Nawaz and Maryam were not present in Pakistan by reason of Begum Kulsoom’s ill-health, but Captain Safdar was also missing from the court. The father-daughter duet had initially requested for exemption of the proceedings for a week, stating that they want to be in the Supreme Court when the judgment is being announced and would do so once Begum Kulsoom is of well-health. However, the plea was dismissed and the verdict was declared against them in their absence anyway.


Photo Credit: timesofislamabad

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