Why judiciary as the last resort?

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THERE is a flurry of politically motivated petitions before Islamabad High Court, Lahore High Court, Supreme Court of Pakistan and the Election Commission of Pakistan and most of them are against Sharif family. Some seek freezing of their assets, others call for putting their names on ECL and still others demand opening of more cases against the family. There are also petitions against the new Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and cabinet colleagues of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Most of the petitioners have been encouraged by judgement of the apex court in Panama Papers case in which Mian Nawaz Sharif has been disqualified and the verdict contains clauses aimed at effectively keeping away the entire family from the political arena. The judgement paved the way for ouster of MNS but thanks to the wisdom and restraint demonstrated by PML (N) leadership that the dream of those who wanted premature demise of the present government have been disappointed. Seeing that their dreams would remain unfulfilled, at least, for another year, they are now out with more petitions against Sharif family and PML (N) leaders. And there is a general impression that the judiciary too is lending more ear to such petitions than against political rivals of PML (N). Irrespective of whether or not this impression is right, we would urge politicians not to rely too much on judiciary as this would ultimately damage them all and might also spoil reputation of the judicial organ of the state for understandable reasons. This would be a major tragedy that would benefit none and harm everyone including common man who has nothing to do with power game. Already, we have seen that failure of politicians to sort out their differences through the platform of Parliament has landed them in trouble. Imran Khan has an overall reputation of being an honest and forthright man but this is not the case for most of the people around him and judicial game could prove to be counter-productive. Politicians should have courage and guts to fight their rivals through political means and this can be done by service delivery and an alternative agenda.

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