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THE FUTURE OF THE LYNCH MOB - GADHE HEE GADHE HAIN
In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart
18.07.18 - PT Foreign Desk
In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart



THE INDIAN LYNCH mob can now see what it will look like a few years from now: A donkey was beaten to pulp, its nostrils were ripped apart, its face bled profusely, it writhed in pain, and its nose was broken.

Scores of political activist adamant on bringing democracy to their country punched the donkey in the face and abdomen repeatedly, kicked the hapless animal all over its body, dragged it with a rope and then someone rammed a car into the four-legged non-political creature.

All because someone had the bright idea to write "Nawaz Sharif" on the donkey's body and the opponents of PML-N are these days baying for blood, or power. July 25 is a long distance away, so they took it out on the donkey.

As the poor, hapless, bleeding, injured animal collapsed in the middle of the road, and the mob left it behind to look for democracy elsewhere, a car came and hit it. Passersby simply found the animal an obstacle and went around it.
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"If the general public can abuse an innocent animal for fun and ridiculous, irrational reasons, because he’s a ‘Gadha,’ then nothing else matters anyway.”
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It took hours before a kind-hearted Abdullah Mahmood wrote a post on social media: "Its 2:30 am... Have been trying to help this poor donkey for more than 2 hours alone now." A team of Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation (ACF) Animal Rescue eventually responded and took care of the equine.

Welcome to the ugly, brutal face of Pakistan's election campaign where Imran Khan's PTI is wrestling a jailed Nawaz Sharif's PML-N.

"If our general public can abuse an innocent animal for fun and ridiculous, irrational reasons, because he’s a ‘Gadha,’ then nothing else matters anyway,” the ACF said.

Some voices on the social media were horrified: "Is this what our country has come to? Or is this what it’s always been? And social media and a little bit of animal welfare has now highlighted what we always were and are. Monsters."

Political parties in Pakistan have been earlier known to use dogs to denigrate animals. Party A worker often catch hold of a street mongrel and paste stickers of party B on its body to shame party B. 

The ACF team has now shared images of the injuries and bruises the poor animal was inflicted with.

The ACF did not say which party's workers committed the atrocity but many television channels, including the much respected Dawn television, showed images in which the word "Nawaz" was scrawled on the donkey's body.

"We have blurred out the names on the donkey’s body as we will not involve ourselves in this mess. The rest is up to you all to decide," the ACF's twitter handle said.

"The donkey has multiple wounds; all fresh from the beatings, punches and kicks he endured. The wound near his rear was an old abscess which burst probably when he collapsed. His nostrils have been ripped apart and his face was bleeding from all the wounds," it added.

The fact is that in Pakistan, not just donkeys but dogs, tigers, lions and even wild boars have been the targets of often extreme abuse in rallies and protests.

Last year, Pakistan's The Nation reported how a wild boar was beaten to death by protesters in Islamabad after the words "Go Nawaz Go” were scrawled on the boar and its limbs were tied with cables before it was thrashed to death with sticks.

Helpless creatures are often dragged to large public gatherings. The PML-N activists once brought a white tiger to their rally who died reportedly due to very high temperature.
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The fact is that in Pakistan, not just donkeys but dogs, tigers, lions and even wild boars have been the targets of often extreme abuse in rallies and protests.
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Since 'Gadha' in urdu is a word for abuse, it prompts many protestors to feature donkeys as a reference to rival political figures. The creatures are often beaten, spray painted and led through crowds for long hours.

Pakistani cricket fans have been known to pose with a donkey when they protested against players involved in match fixing.
 
In the past, protestors made donkeys pull vehicles during a rally against hike in oil prices. 

In Ferozewalla in Pakistan, the donkey was on duty on the other side of the fence. Activists of PML-N tied up flags of Imran Khan’s PTI party to the donkey’s ears and dragged it along, whipping it along the way.

In Sindh, the provincial assembly Speaker and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) lawmaker Agha Siraj Durrani said he cares little about who votes for him and he "urinates” on votes.

"Maan vote jo wasto na rakhando ahyan. Maan muttaan vote khe. Maan muttando ahyan vote khe (I don’t maintain relations with people for the sake of votes. I urinate on votes. I urinate on the vote),” Durrani said in Sindhi in a video that went viral on social media.

As if abuse and vitriol against political opponents and misogynistic comments and jokes against women opponents were not enough, the election campaign in Pakistan has become all the more repulsive because of such crude behaviour. 
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Donkeys have been made particularly more vulnerable by Imran Khan who recently said those going to receive Nawaz Sharif at the airport were ‘donkeys’.
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Pakistan has a Pakistan Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1890, Section 3 of which deals with cruelty against animals and makes it a punishable act. Also, section 429 of the Pakistan Penal Code 1860 also makes it a serious crime to kill or injure an animal, and provides for a imprisonment term of five years.

In no instance in recent times has anyone been punished for such cruelty. 

The donkeys have been made particularly more vulnerable by Imran Khan who recently said those going to receive Nawaz Sharif at the airport as he returned from London, are ‘donkeys’.

"The fact is that deterioration in political discourse in India and the rise of the lynch mob only underlines the fears expressed by saner elements of Indian society that apprehend that the country may be on its path to become a Hindu Pakistan,” said a senior journalist closely tracking Pakistani election campaign. 

At Punjab Today, we find it an opportune moment to share with you this beautiful and poignant poem by Fahmida Riaz who could guess pretty early the path we were taking. If you love India, read this. We believe Riaz wrote it because she loved Pakistan, and envied us.

तुम बिल्कुल हम जैसे निकले
अब तक कहाँ छुपे थे भाई
वो मूर्खता वो घामड़पन
जिसमे हमने सदी गंवाई
आखिर पहुंची  द्धार तुम्हारे
अरे बधाई बहुत बधाई
प्रेत धरम का नाच रहा है
कायम हिन्दू राज करोगे?
सारे उलटे काज करोगे
अपना चमन दराज़ करोगे
तुम भी बैठे करोगे सोंचा
पूरी है वैसी तैयारी
कौन है हिन्दू कौन नहीं है
तुम भी  करोगे फतवे जारी
होगा कठिन यहाँ भी जीना
रातों आ जायेगा पसीना
जैसी तैसी कटा करेगी
यहां भी सबकी साँस घुटेगी
कल दुःख से सोंचा करती थी
सोंच के बहुत हँसी आज आई
तुम बिल्कुल हम जैसे निकले
हम दो क़ौम नहीं थे भाई !
भाड़ में जाए शिक्षा-विक्षा
अब जाहिलपन के गुण गाना
आगे गड्ढा है ये मत देखो
वापस लाओ गया ज़माना
बश्ट (practice) करो तुम आ जायेगा
उलटे पाँव चलते जाना
ध्यान न मन में दूजा आये
बस पीछे ही नज़र जमाना
एक जाप सा करते जाओ
बारम-बार यही दोहराओ
कितना वीर महान था भारत
कैसा आलिशान था भारत
फिर तुमलोग पहुँच जाओगे
बस परलोक पहुँच जाओगे
हम तो हैं पहले से वहाँ पर
तुम भी समय निकालते रहना
अब जिस नरक में जाओ वहाँ से
चिट्ठी-विट्ठी डालते रहना
– फ़हमीदा रियाज़

(English translation, courtesy Shabana Mir) 

Turned out you were just like us.
So it turned out you were just like us!
Where were you hiding all this time, buddy?
That stupidity, that ignorance
we wallowed in for a century –
look, it arrived at your shores too!
Many congratulations to you!
Raising the flag of religion,
I guess now you’ll be setting up Hindu Raj?
You too will commence to muddle everything up
You, too, will ravage your beautiful garden.

You, too, will sit and ponder –
I can tell preparations are afoot –
who is [truly] Hindu, who is not.
I guess you’ll be passing fatwas soon!
Here, too, it will become hard to survive.
Here, too, you will sweat and bleed.
You’ll barely make do joylessly.
You will gasp for air like us.
I used to wonder with such deep sorrow.
And now, I laugh at the idea:
it turned out you were just like us!
We weren’t two nations after all!
To hell with education and learning.
Let’s sing the praises of ignorance.
Don’t look at the potholes in your path:
bring back instead the times of yore!

Practice harder till you master
the skill of always walking backwards.
Let not a single thought of the present
break your focus upon the past!

Repeat the same thing over and over –
over and over, say only this:
How glorious was India in the past!
How sublime was India in days gone by!

Then, dear friends, you will arrive
and get to heaven after all.
Yep. We’ve been there for a while now.
Once you are there,
once you’re in the same hell-hole,
keep in touch and tell us how it goes!

Here’s a video of Riaz reciting her memorable poem, our way of apologising to the hapless animals who are becoming the target of the lynch mob.
 

Punjab Today expresses its inability to find out about the eventual fate of the dog who was sentenced to a one-week imprisonment and then awarded a death sentence by Assistant Commissioner Raja Saleem in Bhakkar’s Kalor vicinity in Pakistani Punjab province.

Pakistan's Geo TV had reported the Assistant Commissioner Saleem as saying that since "the dog injured a child, hence it should be killed."

The owner of the dog, Jamil, had filed an appeal with the Additional Deputy Commissioner against the weird punishment to the canine, pleading that his pet has already completed a one-week prison sentence as ordered by the authorities. 

All efforts to reach across to Jamil failed. Meanwhile, the lynch mobs on both sides of the border remain active. The last one to fall victim was Swami Agnivesh. Pakistani counterparts are soon expected to catch up score.

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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SHER AAYA TO PINJRE MEIN DAAL DENGE
I am coming, declares Nawaz Sharif in London; likely to be arrested at airport
06.07.18 - PT Foreign Desk
I am coming, declares Nawaz Sharif in London; likely to be arrested at airport



OUSTED AND NOW sentenced to 10 years in jail, former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has declared he is returning from London to lead a massive agitation against what he called "a bunch of judges and army generals" but he is likely to be arrested at the airport as soon as he lands.

While Sharif himself and daughter Maryam are in London, authorities failed to arrest his son-in-law, Captain (retired) Mohammad Safdar, who was present in Pakistan.

Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and his son-in-law were given prison terms in a case of corruption on Friday. A number of newspapers and TV channels in Pakistan quoted sources in the government and army to say that Nawaz Sharif will be arrested as soon as he alights from a plane in Pakistan.

"I am not a thief. We got independence from the British but a handful of judges and a handful of generals are disrespecting democracy...I will fight to ensure that the people's vote is respected...the mandate of the people is being stolen. If the price is handcuffs or jail, then I am returning to Pakistan to pay that price," Sharif declared in London.

As per Pakistani law, if Nawaz Sharif, Maryam and Safdar had been present in the court when the judgement was pronounced, they would have been arrested on the spot.
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Nawaz Sharif: "Let’s change Pakistan; we have been waiting for this day for a long time, it is here now and there is no room for hesitation…Poori quom ko bahar nikalna chahiye.” 
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Maryam was a candidate from Lahore's NA-127 constituency for the July 25 general elections, but now she cannot contest as per Pakistani law following her conviction and sentencing in a graft case. PML-N Lahore president Pervaiz Malik’s son Ali Pervaiz is likely to contest the seat. 

As confusion and uncertainty raged in Pakistan about the fate of the PML-N supremo and his children, Sharif put up a brave face in London, saying he plans to return once his ailing wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, regains consciousness.

Doctors at the London medical facility where she is under treatment, have little clarity if or when her condition is likely to improve.

Incidentally, Sharif was allowed to leave Pakistan after he submitted explicit guarantees that he would return to Pakistan and will attend the trial in the accountability court in Islamabad.
 

At a press conference Nawaz Sharif addressed, sitting next to his convicted daughter Maryam, he sounded defiant and ruled out any intention to seek asylum in Britain or anywhere else.

"Let’s change Pakistan; we have been waiting for this day for a long time, it is here now and there is no room for hesitation,” he said.

Maryam also kept the same tone: "I knew that I will not be welcomed with garlands for the issues I am raising my voice for. But someone had to light the first flame which we have."

(Read Punjab Today’s detailed story on the court verdict that awarded a 10-year jail sentence to Nawaz Sharif by clicking here - https://goo.gl/cFpKdv )
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Pakistan seems all set to face a period of upheaval and political uncertainty. Besides, the likely arrest of Nawaz Sharif will further deepen political polarisation in the country.” 
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Responding to a question, Nawaz Sharif said even the judgement of the accountability court mentions that no charge of corruption has been proven against him.

"Poori quom ko bahar nikalna chahiye...yeh zulm qurbani maangta hai, main qurbani dene ke liye taiyar hun...mera saath do, bahar niklo, todo in zanjeeron ko," Nawaz Sharif said, adding, "Mujhe akela mat choddo, mera saath do."

"Do not hesitate. Let us march and change Pakistan. Only then will Pakistan prosper," Nawaz Sharif said, thus clearly indicating that he is all set to launch a major mass movement in Pakistan and his party, the PML(N) will be leading it from the front.

Indirectly referring to Imran Khan, whose Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI, or Pakistan Justice Movement) is seen close to the army establishment, Sharif said those now in a dalliance with the deep state powers will soon realise their mistake. "Right now, they are too eager to become Prime Minister," he said. 

The unprecedented judicial verdict against Nawaz Sharif is a watershed moment in Pakistan's democratic march. While some see the developments as part of the evolution of an independent judiciary not subservient to the executive, others think the court judgement has been too harsh and will only help the narrative of the PML(N) that certain forces were out to steal the election.
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Nawaz Sharif: "Let’s change Pakistan; we have been waiting for this day for a long time, it is here now and there is no room for hesitation…Poori quom ko bahar nikalna chahiye.” 
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Pakistan seems all set to face a period of upheaval and political uncertainty. Besides, the likely arrest of Nawaz Sharif will further deepen political polarisation in the country. Few are still ready to concede that this is the end of the dynastic politics in Pakistan.

Writing in the reputed Pakistani newspaper Dawn, senior author and journalist Zahid Hussain, said, "The Panama ruling has also broken the widespread perception that (Nawaz) Sharif being a Punjabi leader was untouchable while leaders from Sindh and the other smaller provinces could easily be dispensed with."

Meanwhile, the second and third rung leaders of the PML(N) appeared confident that Shahbaz Sharif will be leading the party into the elections will added impetus. Zahid Hussain said it will play the victimhood card and project the ousted prime minister as a ‘political martyr’. 

But how will the Sharifs deal with the moral deficit underlined by the high end properties is still a million dollar question.

(Read Punjab Today’s detailed story on the court verdict that awarded a 10-year jail sentence to Nawaz Sharif by clicking here - https://goo.gl/cFpKdv )

In Nawaz Sharif's absence, his brother Shahbaz Sharif has failed to catch the public imagination in the same way. The PML-N cadre seems to respond primarily to the political appeal of Nawaz Sharif.

Pakistan's major political parties are dominated by personalities, a fact that disappoints from a democratic perspective. The country has failed to foster democratic traditions but then even a much better Indian democracy has seen the rise of the personality cult.

A glimpse into Pakistan's recent past. 
 
Earlier on Friday, the accountability court announced the verdict in the Avenfield properties corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), handing Nawaz 10 years as jail time for owning assets beyond income and one year for not cooperating with NAB. The sentences will run concurrently which means the former prime minister will serve 10 years in jail.

His daughter Maryam Nawaz was given seven years for abetment, and one year for non-cooperation with the bureau — also to run concurrently; she will serve seven years in total.

Many in Pakistan sense a growing rift within the PML-N. Shahbaz Sharif offered a limited defence of his elder brother. He was critical of the NAB process, while Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz kept up a tone too strident. 

Shahbaz Sharif made one thing clear: the PML-N will continue to campaign and take part in the general election.
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Clearly, the deep state of Pakistan now doesn’t want Nawaz Sharif in power. Major media houses are towing the establishment line. However, one fact remains: Nawaz Sharif remains popular with millions. 
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Once a blue-eyed boy of Pakistani establishment:

Ironically, Nawaz Sharif, who is now fighting against the entrenched power centres in the army, enjoyed the blessings and support of Ziaul Haq in the early 1980s. The dictator had handpicked this young businessman and made him Punjab’s finance minister, from where he was to soon become the chief minister of Pakistan's largest and most important province. 

Sharif enjoyed the backing of the security establishment, formed an alliance against Benazir Bhutto’s PPP, and won the 1990 polls. Though was ousted in 1993, he remained close to the establishment but fell out with Musharraf in 1999. He was ousted in a coup and forced into exile. At one stage, he had expressed a desire to make constitutional changes to become the ‘commander of the faithful’.

Now a loud voice talking about respect for people's mandate, Sharif has a poor track record. He ignored parliament, relied on family members and a small coterie to implement questionable policies. He permitted extremism to flourish before deciding to reverse his stance.

The Economist, in a recent article on Pakistan, wrote:

"… Mr Sharif returned to power in 2013 eager to assert civilian control of foreign and security policy, which the army regards as its exclusive domain. In reply, the army undermined Mr Sharif, backing a months-long street protest by a big opposition party [the PTI] aimed at overthrowing his government. It also refused the government’s request for help in dispersing another group of protesters that had blocked a busy intersection last year. A general was photographed at the scene handing money to the protesters…

"… PTI has benefited from a wave of defections from the PML-N in ... Punjab. In private, many politicians admit to being pressed, in some cases with the threat of corruption charges, to leave the PML-N.…”

Clearly, the deep state of Pakistan now doesn’t want Nawaz Sharif in power. Major media houses are towing the establishment line. 

However, one fact remains: Nawaz Sharif remains popular with millions, especially in Punjab. If he launches a major agitation, things can spiral out of hand fast. For a near failure of a state, Pakistan will pay a heavy price for this state of affairs.
 


Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

_______________________________________________________________

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DEATH EMBRACING LOGIC: Drugs in Punjab

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JAILED FOR 10 YEARS
Defiant Sharif says he will return to Pakistan
06.07.18 - PT BUREAU
Defiant Sharif says he will return to Pakistan



HOURS AFTER OUSTED Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was awarded a 10 year jail sentence, he declared he is returning to Pakistan from London.

"I am not a thief. We got independence from the British but a handful of judges and a handful of generals are disrespecting democracy...I will fight to ensure that the people's vote is respected...the mandate of the people is being stolen. If the price is handcuffs or jail, then I am returning to Pakistan to pay that price," Nawaz Sharif declared in a presser televised across Pakistan even as his daughter Maryam sat next to him.

Nawaz Sharif also ruled out any intention to seek asylum in Britain or anywhere else.

Asked exactly when he will return to Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif said as soon as his wife regains consciousness, he will take his leave from her and will leave for Pakistan.

(Read Punjab Today’s detailed story on the court verdict that awarded a 10-year jail sentence to Nawaz Sharif by clicking here - https://goo.gl/cFpKdv )

Responding to a question, Nawaz Sharif said even the judgement of the accountability court mentions that no charge of corruption has been proven against him.

 
"Poori quom ko bahar nikalna chahiye...yeh zulm qurbani maangta hai, main qurbani dene ke liye taiyar hun...mera saath do, bahar niklo, todo in zanjeeron ko," Nawaz Sharif said, adding, "Mujhe akela mat choddo, mera saath do."

"Do not hesitate. Let us march and change Pakistan. Only then will Pakistan prosper," Nawaz Sharif said, thus clearly indicating that he is all set to launch a major mass movement in Pakistan and his party, the PML(N) will be leading it from the front.

Indirectly referring to Imran Khan, whose Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI, or Pakistan Justice Movement) is seen close to the army establishment, Sharif said those now in a dalliance with the deep state powers will soon realise their mistake. "Right now, they are too eager to become Prime Minister," he said. 
 

The unprecedented judicial verdict against Nawaz Sharif is a watershed moment in Pakistan's democratic march. While some see the developments as part of the evolution of an independent judiciary not subservient to the executive, others think the court judgement has been too harsh and will only help the narrative of the PML(N) that certain forces were out to steal the election.

 
Pakistan seems all set to face a period of upheaval and political uncertainty. Besides, the likely arrest of Nawaz Sharif will further deepen political polarisation in the country. Few are still ready to concede that this is the end of the dynastic politics in Pakistan.

Writing in the reputed Pakistani newspaper Dawn, senior author and journalist Zahid Hussain, said, "The Panama ruling has also broken the widespread perception that (Nawaz) Sharif being a Punjabi leader was untouchable while leaders from Sindh and the other smaller provinces could easily be dispensed with."

Meanwhile, the second and third rung leaders of the PML(N) appeared confident that Shahbaz Sharif will be leading the party into the elections will added impetus. Zahid Hussain said it will play the victimhood card and project the ousted prime minister as a ‘political martyr’. 

But how will the Sharifs deal with the moral deficit underlined by the high end properties is still a million dollar question.

(Read Punjab Today’s detailed story on the court verdict that awarded a 10-year jail sentence to Nawaz Sharif by clicking here - https://goo.gl/cFpKdv )
 
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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PAK POWER POLITICS SHOCKER
10 year jail for Nawaz Sharif, 7 yrs for daughter, but will they return to Pakistan?
06.07.18 - PT BUREAU
10 year jail for Nawaz Sharif, 7 yrs for daughter, but will they return to Pakistan?



Ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to 10 years in jail, his daughter Maryam for seven years and his son-in-law Captain Safdar for one year in a case of corruption and buying unexplained high-end properties in London.

The verdict, delivered less than 20 days before Pakistan is to elect a new federal government and provincial governments, deals a serious blow to the country’s most powerful political dynasty.

Nawaz Sharif's brother Shahbaz Sharif now heads the Pakistan Muslim League (N), after the Supreme Court had earlier ousted Nawaz for not being "Sadiq" and "Amin", roughly translated as ethical and good.

The Sharifs (not Shahbaz) are currently in London where Nawaz Sharif's wife Kulsoom is undergoing treatment for cancer. Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz earlier held a press conference in London where they had appealed to the court to reserve the judgement on the reference filed by Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

At the press conference in London, televised live by Pakistani TV channels, Sharif had said he wanted "to hear that decision in person standing in the courtroom.”

Even when caught in the doldrums, Sharif's PML(N) remains a significant force in the electoral arena where Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI, or Pakistan Justice Movement) has emerged as the key challenger. Imran Khan is soft on Pakistan's deep establishment and is largely seen as having the blessings of the all-important army.

Recent pre-poll surveys in Pakistan put the support base of Khan at around 25 to 30 per cent. The PML(N) was close. 

Widely known as the Avenfield properties corruption case, the sentence was largely expected to go against the Sharifs who had often complained how they were being treated unfairly by the NAB. Sharif and his daughter appeared around a 100 times before the accountability court.

The jail sentences also come with punitive fines. 
Nawaz will have to pay 8 million pounds, while Maryam will have to shell out 2m pounds. 

The corruption case was the direct result of Pakistan Supreme Court's directives in the landmark Panamagate verdict last year which deseated Nawaz as the prime minister.

Sharif's two sons, Hassan and Hussain, are now no more citizens of Pakistan. The two were also among the accused in three SC-ordered corruption references, including the one decided on Friday. 

The Sharifs seemed prepared for the verdict as Maryam tweeted: "This is a very small punishment for firmly standing in front of unseen forces. The morale to fight against oppression has increased today."

The verdict will cast a shadow on the July 25 elections in the country that has seen increasingly partisan and bitter politics which sees new lows everyday. Major opposition leaders castigate the Sharif brothers routinely for putting their mother Kulsoom on "political ventilator" in London and "selling her poor health" to the gullible voters. 

The Sharif matriarch has been in London for a year now. 
 

Earlier, an investigation had found that four London flats actually belonged to the Sharifs since 1993 and that either one or both brothers had lied to hide facts.

It is not clear if the latest development will be the end of the family’s political legacy, but one thing certain is that the baton of leadership will now be passed on to Shahbaz Sharif, thus maintaining the dynastic hold over power at least for now.

As to the question about when will Nawaz Sharif return to Pakistan, one could term it a million dollar query but any talk about anything being a million dollar worth would be the pun of the day in this Islamic country. And puns should be avoided.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Suicide bomber kills 19, mostly Sikhs, Hindus, in Afghanistan
01.07.18 - PT BUREAU
Suicide bomber kills 19, mostly Sikhs, Hindus, in Afghanistan



IN A SHOCKING ATTACK, 19 people, many of them Sikhs and Hindus, who were on their way to meet Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani to seek better guarantees of their security, were blown to pieces by a suicide bomber. Ghani himself was a considerable distance away.

A senior Afghanistan government official confirmed 19 deaths, including at least 12 Sikhs and Hindus, besides scores of people wounded in the attack.

Grieving relatives were seen crying outside the hospital where injured were rushed. 
 
Several community websites quoted various news sources to say the number of Sikhs killed was, in fact, 14 and included Parliamentary election candidate Avtar Singh Khalsa.

 Jawad Sukhanyar reports for the New York Times. 
 
This was the worst tragedy for the Sikh and Hindu minority communities in Afghanistan. The trouble-torn Muslim-majority country has very small communities of Sikhs and Hindus and it was not immediately clear if the attack was intended.

Ghani was in Jalalabad, bordering Pakistan, a few hours earlier to open a hospital. Only a day earlier, he had ordered Afghan forces to resume offensive operations against the Taliban.

An 18-day unilateral ceasefire on account of Eid has just ended in Afghanistan.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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_______________________________________________________________


Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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