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2017-07-13 11:08:00

The New PM: Is Shahbaz Sharif happy over big brother’s indictment?

 

The focus was on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif as he on Tuesday attended a ‘very important’ meeting of the party stalwarts chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to discuss the situation arising out of the joint investigation team (JIT) report.

 

Shahbaz, who seems to have escaped indictment in the JIT report, is a big Sharif missing from the diatribe against the family unleashed by the opponents and disapproving analysts in media.

 

 He is now being reinforced as an ‘all-important player’ of the Sharif family in case the premier and his children get an adverse court decision in the Panama Papers case.

 

 

“Shahbaz Sharif is playing his cards very carefully. He is standing by his brother in this hour of crisis and at the same time he has been in contact with those who matter,” says a PML-N leader who would remain anonymous in the interest of his own politics.

 

The PML-N may urge Mr Sharif to stay in office and Mr Sharif may be tempted to hunker down and fight, but the toll on democracy would be too great.

 

 The prime minister has a clear alternative: step aside, fight whatever charges are brought against him or his children in court and, if he is eventually cleared of the charges, he can seek a return to office as the law permits.

 

The other option would be for Mr Sharif to call a snap election. If Mr Sharif’s case is sent to the National Accountability Bureau, the presence of a caretaker government would dispel concerns of a manipulated process, NAB being prone to intense interference by the executive.

 

 

The PML-N is quick to deny any talk of there being difference of opinion between the households of Nawaz and Shahbaz. There have been a series of rebuttals in the wake of rumours that the grand old house of the Sharifs was in any kind of disagreement over the successors to the current leadership. The speculation has however continued, and it has been spiked by the latest JIT ‘indictment’.

 

 

pk.shafaqna.com

 

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