The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) vocalizes apprehensions regarding potential “special relief” for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif upon returning to Pakistan on October 21.
PPP Secretary General Syed Nayyer Husain Bukhari emphasized that Sharif, a convicted figure, should naturally be subject to the full extent of the law. His departure abroad in 2019 was facilitated by both the prevailing government and judicial approval at the time.
Bukhari finds the anticipation of any preferential treatment by the judiciary for Sharif puzzling, stressing the importance of consistent legal standards for all individuals, irrespective of their political stature.
Upholding Democratic Principles Through Fair Elections
The PPP asserts its stance on announcing the election schedule, deeming it crucial for sustaining the parliamentary democracy. “A level playing field is a fundamental requirement,” asserts Bukhari, highlighting the party’s historical role in establishing the Constitution and advocating for democratic norms and citizens’ rights throughout Pakistan’s history.
In light of the upcoming elections, Bukhari underscores the provisional government’s role, insisting on its neutrality and its primary mandate to aid the Election Commission of Pakistan in orchestrating transparent elections. Further, he calls for the Supreme Court to actively oversee the adherence to its rulings regarding the electoral process, reinforcing the indispensable nature of fairness and transparency in the fortification of democracy.
Speculations Behind Nawaz Sharif’s Return
Amid these assertions, scepticism echoes from various political corridors, including insights from former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, who currently serves as the National Assembly Speaker. Ashraf senses an underlying arrangement in the backdrop of Nawaz Sharif’s return, suggesting a complexity that might influence the political landscape significantly in the days to come.