Defying Courts: What is next for Nawaz Sharif?

by Tauqeer Abbas


Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband retired Captain Muhammad Safdar left for London on Monday, a day before they

were scheduled to appear before Islamabad’s accountability court in connection with corruption references, and according to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders, the family is likely to skip all the proceedings.



Mr Sharif and his sons — Hassan and Hussain — had been summoned, along with Maryam and her husband, in the accountability court on Tuesday.



A PML-N leader close to the Sharif family told Dawn on Monday, “Nawaz Sharif and his children will not appear before the accountability court and they are likely to skip all the proceedings of the accountability courts.”



Last month, the Sharif family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had chosen not to appear before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) after they were asked to join the investigation in different cases.



By defying the NAB, Nawaz Sharif might be inviting the wrath of the Judiciary but if he is willing to invite Supreme Court’s fury there might be some reason.


As the Maryam Nawaz said that she advised her father not to appear before the accountability court, which means that Sharif Family has inked a backdoor deal with establishment.


It seems that establishment is playing on both the ends as it has also hinted PTI’s chief to give him a lion’s share in the next general election but at the same time it has also given a green signal to Nawaz Sharif to enjoy the rest of days without any fear of accountability.


But if Nawaz Sharif accepts the deal, it would simply mean that he is going to cut his own feet with an axe in own hand.




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