Court removes Sharif from office
Pakistan’s Supreme Court in an unprecedented judgment disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office over undeclared assets and ordered registration of corruption cases against him and his children, plunging the country into a political turmoil.
The court also set a timeline for quick disposal of the corruption cases against the Sharifs under the supervision of a Supreme Court judge. Attorney-General stated that the disqualification is for life, ending any hope for the three-time Prime Minister to return to active politics.
Former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan TCA Raghavan remarked that it is unfortunate that not a single Prime Minister in Pakistan’s history has completed a full term and that has been proved with the resignation of Nawaz Sharif.
Impact of the judgement on India:
- It is a setback to the process of dialogue with India and the internal democracy of Pakistan.
- India should be ready for a spell of instability in Pakistan following the sudden changes
- Out of all the prime ministers of Pakistan since 1947, Nawaz Sharif is the only one who has held the largest number of meetings with Indian prime ministers, mostly in third countries
- His departure amounts to the removal of a partner in dialogue with Pakistan
- The biggest loss however, would be internal to Pakistan where a pro-peace lobby was emerging
- It was unlikely that Mr. Sharif’s exit will have any impact on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case or the Kashmir issue as there is very little bilateral contact between the two countries at present
Current status of India-Pakistan ties:
- India-Pakistan ties are at present stuck over the disturbances in Kashmir and cross-border terrorism from Pakistan
- Pakistan on the other hand has been accusing India of fomenting trouble in the restive province of Balochistan