Bail Granted to Nawaz Sharif by Pakistan Court on 19 October 2023. According to Sharif’s lawyer Amjad Pervaiz, the Islamabad High Court has granted him protective bail till 24 October 2023 which means “he cannot be arrested on his arrival” in his homeland Pakistan.
Nawaz Sharif has been prime minister of Pakistan three times, nearly 9 years and 215 days in total. He has been one of the longest-serving prime minister for a non-consecutive term. But his destiny turned upside down when he was ousted in 2017 and given a lifetime disqualification from Pakistan’s politics after being convicted of corruption.
Why is Nawaz Sharif coming back to Pakistan?
In 2017, Nawaz Sharif got a seven-year sentence from Islamabad High Court. He served less than a year of imprisonment and left for the United Kingdom to seek medical care. But, despite the High Court’s orders to return, he never turned back to Pakistan.
With Shehbaz Sharif in power and his hold on the Pakistani government to change the laws, Nawaz Sharif started seeing the benefits of returning to his homeland. Shehbaz Sharif is the brother of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Bail Granted to former prime minister by Pakistan Court is a positive move for both PML-N and Shehbaz Sharif’s government.
The present Shehbaz government is on the way to limit the disqualification of lawmakers from contesting elections to five years. After spending nearly four years in the United Kingdom, Sharif is now hoping to lead the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party through the upcoming elections of January 2024.
His party members are also eagerly waiting for their fellow mates to join their political campaign in their home ground Pakistan. All eyes are now on this new beginning.
Pakistan is currently in the economic and political turmoil. With modification in disqualification law, the new political setup, and the former Pakistani Prime Minister joining in for the upcoming political campaign, it would be very interesting to see ‘what new changes are on the way?’
Let’s see what bail granted to Nawaz Sharif by Pakistan Court will bring in. The imprisonment of political leaders in Pakistan is not a new thing. Politicians are often tangled in legal proceedings in most of the cases making them run away from their homeland.
The powerful military is the one who functions behind the curtain of Pak politics. They are the one who has ruled the country directly for more than half of its history and continues to enjoy immense power.
With Imran Khan’s primary opponent Nawaz Sharif in jail, it would be interesting to note, ‘How Nawaz Sharif’s return to Pakistan would shape the January 2024 elections?’