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Does a bright future beckon?

21 2 16

NO matter what news dominates the headlines this year, rest assured 2018 will be all about the scheduled general elections which will, hopefully, further cement representative rule in the country.

One hopes that yet another transition where the baton passes from one elected government to another will lead to more self-assured governance where matters of import to the masses dominate the agenda rather than the echoes of dark and destabilising palace intrigues.

Less than a year before the electorate gets a shot at choosing its representatives again, is it possible to look at what differing political scenarios are likely to influence choices at the ballot box? Admittedly, a tall ask but we will give it a shot. Most of the uncertainty comes into the equation because nobody knows what the Supreme Court’s final verdict in the Panama Papers case will be.

If the court were to let Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif remain in office, then the election result would be easier to predict as the PML-N will be given a huge boost and a moral victory. It will claim its leaders were asked to withstand the most rigorous scrutiny and that they emerged with flying colours.

What if the judges were to agree with the two out-voted members of the original Panama bench who found that Nawaz Sharif had failed to pass the integrity test, and hence could not hold public office?

The positive message is that the only route forward lies via electoral politics and........

© Dawn