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The Sharifs Disqualified! What is the Establishment upto?

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

FormerPAKISTAN SHARIF RETURN Prime Minister of this Republic,  Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, has been disqualified by the current de facto Supreme Court of Pakistan.   Along with him the axe has fallen on his younger brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, held by many to be the best ruler Punjab has seen since the good ol’ Maharaja Ranjit Singh.   Here in Islamabad,  spontaneous protests have broken out.   This could only mean more political instability for a country already at war.  The ruling came on the basis of  a 1999 conviction made by Judges ruling under the Provisional Constitutional Order then.

Frankly I am stumped.   I thought the PPP government and President Zardari were more astute than this.  By allowing this to go through,  they have called forth a flood vis a vis the Lawyer’s Movement and this time around it would be the civilian government of liberal and democratic PPP intead of the Military regime.   I wonder who will gain from this ?   My guess is that Pakistan’s entrenched establishment is the clear winner in this situation.   Somehow or the other they have convinced Zardari  to shoot himself in the foot and Zardari now increasingly looks like Iskandar Mira re-born.

Where will the country head now?  Direct military rule?  Probably not.  But if PPP’s constitutional civilian government gets swept away,  thanks to the lack of statesmanship shown by Zardari in whom we had placed our hopes,  Pakistan might not be able to muster the will to fight back.  It remains an open question – and I ask this question as a Punjabi – why leaders- prime ministers to boot- of smaller provinces,  can be shot, killed, hanged and things are swept under the carpet but when a Punjabi ex-PM- who it must be remembered was a product and a gift of military dictatorship- gets disqualified, the whole country is brought to its knees.




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12 Responses to "The Sharifs Disqualified! What is the Establishment upto?"

  1. Anwar United States Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    It will be important to get the details of the reasons for disqualification.
    I personally do not have any sympathy for these guys – both were a product of corrupt circumstances. Likewise Zardari too will eventually face the destiny..
    And YLH, the answer to the question you raised towards the end of your post is simple – Pakistan has been operating on a false assumption that Punjab is Pakistan and Pakistan is Punjab – This lethal mindset has already damage the country beyond repair.

  2. “Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, has been disqualified by the current de facto Supreme Court of Pakistan.” …. GOOD! … :)
    Even though we all know the state of ‘Justice’ in Pakistan … i will not question this judgement … if Yasser wants a ‘reason’ let him delve into the past and present of the Shareefs… :)
    Two down one (Zardari) more to go! … i guess that will happen if Mr Chaudry is reinstated… :) and so we will continue on the merry go round called ‘Politics in Pakistan’ … or would ‘Justice in Pakistan’ be a better title? … hmmm i must think about that one…:)

  3. Zeenat United States Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    Even though i still consider NS to be a dumb ****..This is a bad move and goes to show the immaturity of the Pakistani leadership, be it civil or Military.

  4. [...] Yasir Latif Hamdani from Pak Tea House is stumped: I thought the PPP government and President Zardari were more astute than this. By allowing this to go through, they have called forth a flood vis a vis the Lawyer’s Movement and this time around it would be the civilian government of liberal and democratic PPP instead of the Military regime. I wonder who will gain from this? Posted by Teeth Maestro  Print version Share This [...]

  5. Majumdar India Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    SCP disqualified the Sharif brothers. Naturally, SS was then held ineligible to hold public office. But was it necessary to dismiss the PML-N govt? Wudnt it have been more appropriate to allow PML-N to elect a new leader and face the house to get trust vote again?

    Regards

  6. harri Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    Well written Sherry!!After this decision as i was watching the Right wing media and its honets followers were talking so loudly with Pml N people so i was thinking that infact this is the 1st time they had been given punishment with the Court of Pakistan.As we all know Sharif Brothers cant resist rather than to made deal and get themselves very comfortable in the huge Palaces of Saudi Arabia.
    Even the language and sentences used againts the President and Government were actually depicting their inner anger.Their thurst for the Power came in more powerful stance after this decision and many Pml N members have started saying for Mid-term elections!
    So this is quite clear that they only need power at any cost!!

  7. yasserlatifhamdani Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    Don’t call me Sherry for god’s sake.

  8. the following was NOT written by me … is there another ‘Zeenat’ on the horizon?????

    Zeenat
    February 25, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Even though i still consider NS to be a dumb ****..This is a bad move and goes to show the immaturity of the Pakistani leadership, be it civil or Military.

  9. Zaribeni Bulgaria Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    Nice post! Keep it real.I have looked over your blog a few times and I love it.

  10. zeenat United States Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    Yes, this is a ‘different’ Zeenat. Just wanted to air my views. Btw, i am a big fan of YLH. Someone with sane, practical and patriotic views..

    Kudos to YLH!!

  11. Aliarqam Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    @YLH
    Am agree to that
    But if PPP’s constitutional civilian government gets swept away, thanks to the lack of statesmanship shown by Zardari in whom we had placed our hopes, Pakistan might not be able to muster the will to fight back

  12. anna Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    It was EastPakistan …
    It was Balochistan..
    It was SINDH …
    It was FATA & Frontier …..
    & NOW
    ITS PUNJAB !!!
    \\\\

    BRAVO SHARIF BROTHERS !!

    the NATION GIVE YOU SALUTE !!!
    You Are Certainly
    “BHUTTOS” from Punjab !

    Allah Be Wid u.ameen
    A ppp Voter , Anna wid best wishes …
    from Sindh .

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