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No compromise, no going slow, no reprieve

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19.09.2020

Candid Corner

“Shame on the misguided, the blinded, the distracted and the divided. Shame! You have allowed deceptive men to corrupt and desensitise your hearts and minds to unethically fuel their greed.” –Suzy Kassem

Nawaz Sharif’s legal journey in his battle to convince the court/s to overlook his prolonged absence in spite of his bail having lapsed seems to be nearing an end. On September 15, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued non-bailable arrest warrants for the former prime minister. Proceedings to declare him an absconder have also been initiated. Another court has already declared him an absconder, leading to initiation of steps by the government to get him back in the country to face the charges.

This has taken a long time in coming owing to the Sharifs’ masterful skills for buying everything that would suit their purposes, survival and continued advancement in the political domain being the most important. This dates back to the beginning of their political journey under the tutelage of General Jilani and later Dictator Zia ul Haq. They never looked back and went on a frenetic spree to first default on repayment of loans to the banks only to be reprieved, and then to unleash the tyranny of money to buy everything along the way to the offices of the chief minister and the prime minister. Once ensconced there, they used the commodity lavishly to turn human beings into paid lackeys and sycophants. Under the command of the two brothers, and with the support of their close lieutenants and bootleggers, they degraded democracy to become a vile instrument for inducting the most corrupt people into the political echelons.

Their disdain for the judiciary and the rule of law is proverbial. They were used to dictating orders to the judges over telephone, the Malik Qayyum episode being just one among many others which never hit the public view. When the Supreme Court, under the........

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