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New twist in Pakistan politics

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Politics is a game it changes every minute and in Pakistan a new twist has emerged that Shahbaz  Sharif is not likely to run for the prime minister’s post anymore. The formal announcement will be made at the time of Nawaz Sharif’s choice.

Several PML-N leaders argued that Shahabaz is much needed in Punjab which is a stronghold of the PML-N party and his absence from Punjab would be disastrous for the party’s future therefore, prime minister Abbasi can retain the prime minister’s post till 2018 when the elections will be held.

Supreme Court had disqualified Nawaz Sharif from holding any office over Panamagate .

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan, who has been a claimant for PM’s post,was instrumental in initiating legal cases against Nawaz Sharif, is now himself  facing disqualification for not declaring  a loan that he received from his wife Jemina , as an asset.

The case was filed by PML-N’s Hanif Abbasi and is being heard by a three-member bench  headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar. The PML-N lawyer also raised arguments over Khan’s offshore  company, Nazi services Limited , claiming that documents submitted by  Imran Khan were inaccurate.

Moreover, PTI member and MNA Ayesha Gulalai has levelled a series of scathing allegations against Imran Khan and his “gang”, including that they used to send inappropriate texts  to her and other  female members of the party.

The episode has attracted widespread attention as Imran Khan,cricketer turned politician has a large social media following. But even Ayesha who is from Pakistan’s tribal South Waziristan region has met with a wave of vitriol on social media .

Gulalai’s allegations have further deepened an existing rift between  the ruling PML-N, with PTI accusing Nawaz”s party of masterminding a ploy to malign their party chief.

 

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also assured the provision of round-the-clock security for the MNA after she claimed on television that she was “scared for her life”.

The National Assembly has  passed a motion calling for the formation of a special committee to investigate the allegations against Imran Khan and ordering it to submit a report on the matter within a month.

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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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