Naveed Aman Khan
FORMER Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with his promising daughter Maryam Nawaz reached Pakistan on Friday night from London and landed Lahore Airport leaving seriously ailing cancer fighting spouse back on deathbed in the hospital for the sake of country and the nation. In Panama turned Aqama case Nawaz Sharif was disqualified for twenty-one years while in Avon field property case Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were announced eleven and eight years rigorous prison sentences on very irrational, illogical and pathetic grounds. After Panama – Aqama case Imran Khan in an interview with Moeed Pirzada himself admitted the fact that Nawaz Sharif was ousted on very week grounds which politically and morally supported Nawaz Sharif. Again in Avenfield case Nawaz Sharif was not found guilty. In all civil and criminal cases benefit of doubt is always given to the accused but here nothing is proved against him and he is declared guilty. These unjust decisions became strength of Nawaz Sharif. If he had been found guilty he would never have been gaining moral strength. These unjust decisions became his power and narrative. He decided to go to the masses feeling their pulse. When NAB announced decision of case against him he was in London along with his daughter to see his seriously sick wife who is still in the state of coma.
The NAB Judge Mohammad Bashir in absence of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz announced the decision of their case. Knowing the consequences both father and daughter decided to return Pakistan besides dangerous serious condition of Mohtarma Kulsoom Nawaz. Brave lady Kulsoom Nawaz contested and won her last election from NA-120 Lahore against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate Dr Yasmin Raashid with convincing margin. Because of her serious condition she even couldn’t return Pakistan to take oath as Member of the National Assembly. Since the initiation of Pervez Musharrraf Article 6 high treason case former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been put in deep trouble. Resultantly, this time on July 28, 2017 he faced yet another judicial coup. Peeping through the history of Pakistan we come to know that when Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto parted ways with dictator Ayub Khan and decided to move to the masses he became darling of the nation. When former Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan Justice Iftkhar Choudhry refused to the then Illegitimate ruler dictator Pervaiz Musharraff he became hero of the nation. Now Nawaz Sharif has refused to accept open involvement of Khalai Makhlook in political and judicial matters and has become symbol of rightful resistance. With big No to khalai Makhlook and unjust decisions of judiciary Nawaz Sharif has emerged as new political phenomenon. During last five decades masses of Pakistan had been either pro Bhutto or anti Bhutto and during last three decades a new phenomenon of pro Nawaz Sharif or anti Nawaz Sharif is seen. Because of dilly dally political deliverance since 2013 Nawaz Sharif might have faced political damage but Khalai Makhlook has reemerged him. His narrative of No and resistance has helped PML-N a lot. Undoubtedly, Shahbaz Sharif is a dynamic visionary politician and administrator but it is an admitted fact that PMLN vote bank is because of Nawaz Sharif as leader. Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz voter acknowledges development works of Shahbaz Sharif but votes PML-N because of Nawaz Sharif. Election 2018 will be among pro-Nawaz Sharif or anti-Nawaz Sharif voters and political parties.
After conviction in odd circumstances volunteer return of Nawaz Sharif is a brave political gesture. He opted to return and accepted jail rather to remain away in London. His this decision has saved future of PML-N. Spouse Mohtarma Kulsoom Nawaz is on deathbed in London while loving daughter Maryam Nawaz is in jail. He has returned to face jail along with his daughter while so called commando Pervez Musharraf repeatedly begged for his escape. During his trial a drama of cardiac trouble was staged and he was escorted to Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology Rawalpindi where he was provided complete security. From that day he never produced himself in the court of justice and the same Supreme Court allowed him to leave for Dubai. Absconder and wanted in Article 6 high treason, Lal Masjid, Akbar Bugti, November 3 emergency and several other cases former dictator Pervez Musharraf has refused to return Pakistan. Volunteer return of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter to Pakistan has put Big question mark on “Darta warta nai hoon men” fame commando Pervez Musharraf. Will Supreme Court, NAB and government of Pakistan ever dare to bring Pervez Musharraf to court of justice? Nawaz Sharif and his daughter have shown courage with their return to face and honour rule of law while Pervez Musharraf has kicked Constitution of Pakistan by refusing to return. If he is not guilty he should not fear and return. This is his country. These are the same institutions which Nawaz Sharif and his family is honouring. Come on Commando, be brave, don’t ask for assurances and face the same Supreme Court and NAB as Nawaz Sharif and his daughter have done. This is your own country. Now this is your turn.
— The writer is political analyst based in Islamabad.