Allowed to lead: Nawaz Sharif’s successful backdoor deal



Sharif family’s attorney Khawaja Haris has recommended that outside prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family face the trial before accountability courts in connection with the Panamagate case.



Haris met the family in London in order to devise a legal strategy in the wake of the Panamagate verdict and was with the Sharifs for three days before returning to Pakistan on Friday.

Sources told the Express Tribune that Haris urged the Sharif family to cooperate with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in connection with the reference filed against them.



 On the other hand Senate on Friday passed an election bill after rejecting a key amendment proposed by the Pakistan Peoples Party to retain a controversial clause resurrected by retired Gen Pervez Mushar­raf through the Political Parties Order 2002, paving the way for an otherwise ineligible Nawaz Sharif to head his own faction of the Pakistan Muslim League.



The Election Bill 2017 was passed with a majority vote by the Senate through which the legal bar on a person to serve as an office-bearer of a political party if he is either not qualified to be, or disqualified from being, elected as a member of parliament under Article 63 of the Constitution is set to go.



The bill was passed with the help of two opposition parties — the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Balochistan National Party-Mengal — which did not support the opposition during the voting process.


It seems that establishment has given a green signal to Ex-Prime Minister to make a comeback in the politics therefore Senate was pushed for this amendment. However, the question is that would PTI and PPP accept this amendment?


Whatsoever would be, Nawaz Sharif has succeeded in striking a backdoor deal to remain in power till his life though he may not be allowed to contest election in future but he may remain a de-facto Prime Minister by pulling the strings of his party.