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Presidential parliamentarians

20 6 17

APPARENTLY preferring the advice of hardliners to that of the appeasement advocates in the senior ranks of his PML-N, disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif has set off on a road march to his estate near Lahore from Islamabad where he occupied the seat of power in a rocky and turbulent four-year tenure brought to an end by the country’s Supreme Court.

Mr Sharif’s last such journey was in the opposite direction from Lahore to Islamabad when he was marching to force the then PPP government’s hand to restore what he called the independent judiciary headed by the deposed chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.

He had reached Gujranwala, amid fears that if his ‘long march’ reached the capital it might trigger clashes with government forces, when the former prime minister is said to have a received a phone call from the army chief telling him to call off his protest as the government had ceded to his demand.

The only time Nawaz Sharif gave any importance to the forum to which he owed his office was when he was in trouble.

A triumphant Nawaz Sharif claimed victory and ended his protest as the then prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani announced in an address to parliament in Islamabad that the deposed chief justice had been restored to office.

Later, that independent judiciary was to send that very elected prime minister who restored it packing in a contempt-of-court case backed by opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, who’d also........

© Dawn