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Bilawal Bhutto’s PPP to benefit in 2018 general elections

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Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari will get benefit in the 2018 general elections as former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is accused of corruption case in the Panamagate  and PTI chief Imran Khan is accused of being of sending lewd text messages to Ayesha Gulalai.

Bhutto-Zardari has already declared that he will contest in the 2018 general elections and is confident of becoming “the next prime minister of Pakistan”.

ON July 28, the Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif from holding public office. It has also ordered the opening of corruption cases against him and his three children. Sharif denounced the Supreme Court ruling but stopped short of criticizing the military. Without offering any details, he said his removal was the result of a conspiracy. But he  avoided pointing a finger at the military establishment when asked him to disclose who was conspiring against him and if the army was angry with him over foreign policy issues, he said: “It would be appropriate if we continued to focus on the matter at hand.”

Pakistan where the military plays a major role, has however, denied its involvement in Nawaz’s Panamagate scandal case. Tensions between the Pakistani government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the powerful military soared  following a public rejection of the government findings of Dawn newspaper report probe by the military.

Comparing between the democratic dispensation and military rule in Pakistan, he said that all key issues facing the country were resolved by politicians — from the repatriation of prisoners of war from India to the nuclear programme — adding that wars were only fought under dictatorships.

Sharif questioned if he would ask Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to start the process to issue red warrants for Gen Musharraf, or Sharif held the judiciary responsible for allowing the former military ruler to proceed abroad.

Sharif indicated that he would remain active in politics, saying confidently that his innings was not over. “When I was sent into exile by Musharraf, many believed that was the end of my political career. But it did not happen then, and it will not happen now.”

Nawaz is undertaking a Road rally from Islamabad to Lahore despite security threats. Officials have warned of security threats, and political violence and terrorist attacks as road show is a sort of displaying political power and the continued support for PML-N. In 2007 Benazir Bhutto, a former prime minister, was assassinated after a political rally in Rawalpindi.

Meanwhile, Sharif will be seeking a review of his disqualification by filing a petition before the Supreme Court.

He lamented that none of the 18 prime ministers in the country’s history had ever completed their constitutional term in office, he said that just three dictators had ruled the country for decades.

He said the Constitution was abrogated again and again, but the judiciary not only legitimised military rule every time, but even went to the extent of giving military dictators the right to amend the Constitution at their whim.

He regretted that he was once removed as prime minister under the now-defunct Article 58(2)(b) of the Constitution, termed a hijacker by General Muhaarraf and had now been disqualified by the judiciary on an allegation never mentioned in the petition.

“Why should I have disclosed a salary I never withdrew from my son’s company?” he asked, adding that a prime minister elected with the votes of 200 million people should not have been treated in such a way. to get the much-needed political mileage in the face of the challenges its government is facing.

Nawaz Sharif’s wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, or their daughter Maryam Nawaz, are emerging as top nominees to occupy the National Assembly seat vacated by Sharif following his disqualification by the nation’s Supreme Court last month. Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif, who was earlier being considered for contesting NA-120 seat to become a national assembly member, is now to replace Nawaz Sharif as president  of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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