Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan vehemently criticized the crumbling state of Pakistan’s judicial system in light of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent return from London. Sharif’s comeback is blasted as the culmination of a secretive “London Agreement” rather than a transparent legal procedure.
Sharif’s homecoming on October 21, following a four-year self-imposed exile, was ordinary. His smooth return was facilitated by the pre-arrival suspension of arrest warrants and protective bail in two corruption cases. The legal leeway has sparked controversy, with Imran Khan and his supporters questioning the integrity of the legal concessions granted to the PML-N leader.
In a fiery message, Khan expressed his dismay over the perceived judicial leniency towards Sharif, a convicted criminal. He stated that such unprecedented legal favour undermines the very foundations of state institutions, pointing to a larger collapse within Pakistan’s justice system. Moreover, Khan decried the corruption charges against him as baseless, emphasizing their political motive to sideline him from upcoming elections.
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Despite the legal turmoil, Khan reassured his supporters of his physical well-being, albeit with an alarming note about potential threats to his life, including possible poisoning attempts. Resolute, he called for continued public support and directed his party leadership to prepare for the forthcoming election campaigns.
Nawaz Sharif’s legal journey saw a new turn, with the Islamabad High Court (IHC) reviving his appeals against conviction in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia cases, rekindling his bid to nullify the sentences. Additionally, the Punjab government’s decision to suspend Sharif’s sentence in the Al-Azizia reference underscored the fluctuating nature of his legal confrontations. These developments follow events, including Sharif’s 2018 sentencing, subsequent release, and medical vacation in London, further complicated by the IHC declaring him a proclaimed offender in 2020.
The circumstances surrounding Nawaz Sharif’s return and the judicial vacillations in his legal cases continue to stir public debate and political rivalries in Pakistan, spotlighting the contentious balance between law, politics, and power.