#GameOver: Nawaz Sharif now has only two options – resign or be forced to resign

Published: July 11, 2017
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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

Alas, the unthinkable has happened. The eagerly anticipated joint investigation team (JIT) findings have implicated the members of the ruling Sharif family for not only concealing assets, but for failing to reveal their sources of income and presenting a fake money trail.

Startling revelations made by Panamagate JIT in final report https://goo.gl/YxZNQ2

Posted by Express Tribune Video on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Sharif family members have officially been declared ‘criminals’ by the JIT findings.

Over the last few months, we witnessed the most appalling, cringe-worthy and condemnable portrayal of arrogant self-righteousness by the ruling party, despite receiving the ire of the public. No amount of shaming could budge the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders from their stance and admit that they could be at fault.

The House of Nawaz Sharif (as in Game of Thrones) has chosen to remain adamant that the accusations are nothing but a tactic of their opponents to gain traction. So much so, that Maryam Nawaz went to the extent of declaring the Panama papers as ‘trash’ and hurling accusations at the foreign journalists behind it. That was before they aptly put her in her place with evidence confirming her involvement in the whole fiasco.

However, in the wake of the JIT proceedings leading up to its conclusion, the PML-N sycophants crossed all limits in their failed attempts to bereft the lawsuit of credibility by aggressively attacking the judges, JIT members and of course, Imran Khan.

mudslinging match ensued when Talal Chaudhary, Khwaja Saad Rafique, Khawaja Asif, Asif Kirmani and others shoved their moral values down the drain in their attempts to flatter their master. Let us not forget Nehal Hashmi, who verbally attacked the judiciary as well.

Senior PML-N leader threatens SC judges, JIT in viral video https://goo.gl/ilZ9tr

Posted by Express Tribune on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The final desperate attempts at pressurising the JIT team and influencing the outcome of its probe proved futile considering yesterday’s outcome. Imran wasted no time in demanding Nawaz’s resignation and Nawaz was seen trying to sway the public opinion in PML-N’s support.

 It seems that Nawaz only has two options now – either resign or be forced to resign.

The public’s anger towards them has been increasing with every new piece of evidence emerging. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader’s rhetoric of waging a war against the corrupt mafia has also appealed to the masses and largely fuelled anti-Nawaz sentiments across the nation.

It’s clear as day that Nawaz doesn’t respect the will of the public, and now he has even refused to accept the JIT findings. Why doesn’t that surprise me? This refusal may cost him dearly and he shouldn’t even think of attacking the courts like his party did back in the 90s.

Sheikh Rasheed’s passed the following statement:

“If the PML-N storms the apex court as its leaders and activists did in 1997, PTI chairman Imran Khan will come out in support of the judiciary.”

The aforementioned statement indicates that if PML-N resists the decision like it did in the past, it will make Imran more determined to fight back.

Imran has successfully positioned himself as the sole warrior against corrupt practices and looters. Even those who were critical of him in the past can be seen singing his praises and well, why shouldn’t they be?

Imran was bashed mercilessly for his stance, blamed for acting as a foreign agent for destabilising the country and mocked endlessly for not knowing about politics. The PML-N stooges, including Ishaq Dar, even resorted to personal attacks against him, but he proved his mettle by coming out stronger.

Attacking the judiciary would only result in chaos, destabilising the country, and may even bring it to the brink of civil war. But what is all this for? Do the Sharifs want to cling onto power for a bit longer? A few more days of rule won’t do Nawaz any good.

Since Nawaz and his party cannot resort to violence-based tactics, it seems there is little he can do to ensure his survival. Appealing against the report and contesting it would be like fighting a legal battle that has already been lost. Once a public office holder has been disqualified by two judges of the highest court, declared as the Mafia Godfather by them, compared to the Sicilian Mafia, and proven corrupt by representatives of five national institutions, there’s not much one can do.

It’s about time Nawaz does the right thing by making good on his promise and hands over the reins of the country to a family member, which would be ironic since all Sharif family members are up to their necks in corruption. But it’s the best Nawaz can offer us for now.

As per the rumour mill, the Sharif children namely, Hussain and Hassan Nawaz, who built their family fortunes on looted public money, have already abandoned the sinking ship.

Fleeing the country not only proves their guilt but also serves as an indication of the tough times ahead for the Sharifs. In doing so, they have made it clear that they are nothing more than dishonest individuals who came to this country either to devour its resources or to defend their wrongdoings.

If Hassan’s fleeing is any indication of the future, Nawaz may be planning to escape as well. Maryam stated, “Stop Nawaz if you can” after her appearance before the JIT. Well, the law enforcement agencies and the courts should accept the challenge and do everything in their power to stop Nawaz from leaving the country. Regardless of the Supreme Court’s final decision, all remaining guilty members of the Sharif family must be put on the Exit Control List (ECL) immediately.

Now that Nawaz’s crimes have been proved, it’s evident that his lengthy stay in power is the only source of his family’s wealth. In a country like China, that has zero tolerance for corruption, he would have faced the death sentence. While in a true democracy like South Korea, he would have been sent to prison. But such measures are not implemented in Pakistan. Unfortunately, we welcome the corrupt with open arms.

The Sharif reign seems to be near its end. It’s not a question of if, rather of when he will leave. We, as a nation, cannot bear the burden of Nawaz any longer which is why by resigning now, he may garner some admiration and hence make way for face saving – something that could help him in the upcoming elections.

Only someone living in an alternate reality would expect the Supreme Court to decide in favour of the Sharif’s now. Disqualification by the full court bench this time or being sent to prison sounds like the writing on the wall. But the million dollar question is, would Nawaz be able to read it?

Ahsan Zafeer

Ahsan Zafeer

The author is interested in politics, social issues and sports. He has a passion for writing and believes that issues can be resolved through discussion. He tweets as @AhsanZafeer (twitter.com/AhsanZafeer)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Saleem

    The first Panamagate SC verdict pointed out that Sharif’s have accumulated wealth lot more than their known sources of income and they couldn’t account for it beside getting help from dead. Instead of punishing Sharifs three (majority) judges choose to create a JIT to get to bottom of it. The final JIT report has been demeaning and lot worse than anticipated. Rather than crating more commissions or inquires it is time for SC to take some actions.

    SC must bar everyone listed in the JIT report from any public office with immediate effect and initiate criminal proceedings against them. Also, it must indict NAB chairman as well as all those who been bad mouthing courts and JIT. It is time for SC to deliver now.Recommend

  • PakPatriot

    Why gameover, We have voted nawaz for not this cowardly act. To give up without fighting. Nawaz should challange JIT report in Supreme court and if not here, Should go international court of Justice. After that should decide what to doRecommend

  • Parvez

    History shows that what SHOULD happen……..is not necessarily what WILL happen and therein lies the misfortune of the poor people of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ali Yusuf Qureshi

    Agree with what the author, Ahsan Zafeer, has written. But I am apprehensive that the status quo that the Sharif’s represent, as the epitome of the corrupt elite, will not go down that easily and not without firing a few parting shots at the interests and well being of this nation and its teaming masses.Recommend

  • peter pan

    The problem is that the Sharifs are the only rulers who have any think to show for their tenure besides corruption. The Zardaris and the Bhuttos are just corrupt nothing else, PTI’s IK is only rabble rouser, JI is outdated and has no plan, MQM are small time hoods. So I this is the choice I would go for the Sharif’s. If Musharraf is included I would go for him, but nobody else will so he cannot win. So we are stuck with the Sharifs as the second best option. By the way a JIT is not the final verdict either!!Recommend

  • Rohan

    Lets hope there’s another coupRecommend

  • ab

    what do you do in your spare time?Recommend

  • ab

    I can understand your interest in this blog. The last few days,modi would be having sleepless nights.Recommend

  • pervaiz nasir

    actual analysis I appreciateRecommend

  • pervaiz nasir

    Yes, I agree with you.Recommend

  • pervaiz nasir

    First we nned to follow law and constitution which produced these judhes, courts and JITs then punish Nawaz Sharif after a due process and fair trial. This act was presented in 1993 then what happened in 1997, again this act in 1999 then you saw what happened in 2008 and 2013 elections. If any act happens above the law history will repeat again in 2018.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers

    Go to ICJ? They would laugh Team Sharif out of court since they have no jurisdiction over Pakistani political matters, nor would they want to!
    BTW, how about that Team Sharif forged documents allegedly signed in February 2006, written with software not released until January 2007????Recommend

  • Afnan Ahmad

    extremely biased article. It appears to be from some die-hard PTI worker.Recommend

  • Ahsan Zafeer

    Yes In India and genocidal modi is removed, lets hope thatRecommend

  • Sane

    Many legal wranglings are available with Sharifs to get acquitted ‘respectfully’.Recommend

  • Sane

    Many legal wranglings are available with Sharifs to get acquitted ‘respectfully’. Let see.Recommend

  • khan

    they read abt us, they have inferiority complex…Recommend

  • khan

    its an honest article which u r not able to accept…Recommend

  • Ahmed

    such crap i readRecommend

  • Sane

    You have lot of things to do. Don’t waste time on Pakistani News blog, better you count how many cows slaughtered in India today and how many women raped. Also count how many Muslims you killed in India and your army killed how many freedom fighters in Kashmir. Do the same tomorrow as well.Recommend

  • Noble Intellect

    unhappy hindutva fundementalist I presume?Recommend

  • Rohan

    None of your businessRecommend

  • ab

    Pakistan Obsessive compulsive disorder i presume.Recommend

  • Humza

    Nawaz Sharif and team have done more good for Pakistan’s stability and the economy in a few years than any other politician or dictator has done in decades. This is all political drama. We all know that everyone in the world tries to dodge taxes – look at Imran Khan himself. I am not worried about 10 million pounds stashed away in London for apartments bought 20 years ago when the country’s stability and development is concerned. Let the Sharifs continue with their economic path which is transforming Pakistan to be the best Muslim economy in the world right now. Elections are around the corner in 2018. The public can decide who has done better for the nation since there is no other better option. MQM is thug party, PPP corrupt, Imran Khan vindictive, division and hypocritical and the time for military rule long gone with the debacle of a lost decade with an incompetent Musharraf.Recommend

  • vinsin

    So why are they not moving in Pakistan?Recommend

  • Rohan

    And I didn’t even vote for ModiRecommend

  • Rohan

    You should count how many Ahmadi,Shia ,Hindus , Sikhs were killed today.Basically any non Punjabi Sunni Muslim .Plus the rape crime is worse in Pakistan ,google Lasur and zia introduced hudood laws and made public flogging legal and made jihad mandatory in schools and collegesRecommend

  • Khalid Latif

    Can any one advise me, why is every one bent upon Nawaz Sharif’s resignation, when the Supreme Court is going to give its decision on the Panama case, in which, Nawaz and his family have been found guilty, beyond any doubt. His resignation will result in another (N) Prime Minister. Sir, is there any doubt that the (N) govt and Nawaz family means destruction of Pakistan? Two steps are urgently required. Punishment to all found guilty, by the SC and the JIT, followed by a ban on (N). Secondly, recovery of the plundered and laundered wealth of poor Pakistanis. Currently, all what the opposition parties want is to get rid of Nawaz so that they have access to the national leadership. They are grossly mistaken. If (N) remains intact, it will sweep the next election throughout Pakistan. It is going to purchase the whole election process. Mr Dar may have accumulated enough money for this. So, if our patriotic opposition want to do any thing good for the nation, they’ll have to get (N) out of the way. Otherwise, as Mr Tahir Qadri had said, our future generations will be Nawaz family’s slave and the Pak Army will be turned into Punjab police.Recommend

  • RSP2022

    Are we redefining the meaning of “Shareef”? If yes, fine otherwise, place the word in the lowest of the lowest ebb.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers

    So you say that Team Sharif is above the law and can do no wrong, no matter how many Pakistani laws he breaks with impunity!
    WHY should any Pakistani pay taxes if Team Sharif gets a pass????Recommend

  • Zain

    Is it only about 10 million pounds? Kindly read JIT report in full which details the manner in which the Shareefs dealt with and made their money. This has gone way beyond Mayfair Apartments now. Its about the construction of the Shareef Economic Empire.Recommend

  • Tariq Mahmood

    “Alas!”
    Why are you sad?
    “JIT has officially declared….”
    Is there unofficial version of JIT?
    Stay put MateRecommend

  • Khalid Latif

    This is awesome. You must advise Nawaz Sharif’s attorney and brief him about the “legal wranglings”. He needs this kind of help because the evidence collected by the JIT is incontestable.Recommend

  • Khalid Latif

    If the opposition parties have enough commonsence, their first strategy (paramount) should be to have (N) party completely banned. Their second effort needs to be ‘Nawaz punished and disgraced’ for corruption and no more being a Sadiq nor Amin, as a PM of Pakistan, followed by his dismissal. Nawaz’s resignation is the only condition which will help him keep his image before the nation, hence, a great help in (N)’s future success.Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    The people of Pakistan are not poor but regarded lethargic in intelligent reactions. Peopl s will have always have the upper hand . The Sharifs have disqualified themselves to rule the country and must voluntarily go in exile, the posture all previous unwanted leaders have followed. The country will always face the follow up, when there is none to replace the government from current incumbents; definitely not Bilal or Imran?

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Rex Minor

    Sharifs have played out their role, let them enjoy the booty in exile. Imran Khan is not the alternative but others will appear on the scene to repair the damage the Sharifs have caused by indebting the country relying on returns from the infra struture projects.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Patwari

    With all due respects, the Raja of Raiwind looted and
    plundered $3.8 billion dollars [USD]. Not chump change.
    It is common knowledge that Punjabis are brainwashed
    about the Mian Bozo Brothers Clan, from infanthood.
    Bozos are considered God’s gift to Pakland. Pretty sure
    Punjabi mothers sing songs about the Bozo Brothers to
    their children. It’s called ethnic/provincialism.
    Some, like you, go beyond the pale.
    On the other hand, your family has been and still is employed
    by the Bozo Brothers Circus. Living on their largess. So it
    transpires that your world is crumbling. All around.
    A family that gives corruption lessons to Robert Mugabe of
    Zimbabwe has no place in the Land of the Pure.
    A family’s 19 yrs. old son is able to buy 4 multi million Pound Sterling properties in Mayfair, London years ago. Barely out
    of college. No proof where or how he got the money !!
    This family has no place in Pakland. None.
    What is so pathetic here, is, you are condoning this looting.
    Where is your moral compass? Do you have one?Recommend

  • Patwari

    Agree with you 100% You nailed it.Recommend

  • Patwari

    There is no ‘economic empire’ A lot of shell companies
    within companies. Are used to launder money. None of
    them show a profit.
    A lot of smoke and mirrors and innovative book keeping.
    Defaulting on loans of billions of rupees. too. for years.
    Even the sugar mills owned by them are not showing a
    profit. But are used to launder money.Recommend

  • Rohan

    We monitor jehadisRecommend

  • Rohan

    You presume what you want nobody cares about itRecommend

  • Patwari

    Agree with you. But why let them get away and ‘enjoy’
    in exile, the loot that belongs to Pakland.
    Imagine if only a quarter of this plundered money is recovered,…it can buy AND fix incubators in Faisalabad’s
    and Gujranwala’s hospitals. Where premature babies die
    simply because the incubators broke down years ago.
    Or the woman who died on the hospital floor of the govt.
    hospital, in Lahore, because she did not have enough money.
    Or the millions of children, who have never seen the inside
    of a school in…Punjab !! Estimated 15 million children.
    So far all this is in Punjab only. The home province of these
    plunderers.Recommend

  • Patwari

    No. Hindutva laced BJP / RSS / Shiv Sena cyber warrior.
    Working out of the basements of PM House in Delhi.
    Just below Sushma Swaraj’s cubicle on the first floor.
    They get paid Rs. 14:50 if their comment is printed in
    Pakland paper.Recommend

  • Patwari

    One Dalit woman raped every 7 minutes by a non Dalit
    hindu. [this statistic is from rapes that are reported]
    Only Rama knows the real total number.
    Statistic compiled by the Govt. of Hindustani. Available
    for anyone to see. A national disgrace..
    The female infanticide rate will make you vomit and cringe.
    Their bodies are found everywhere. in trash cans, nullahs,
    refuse heaps, garbage dumps…..that is the hindu culture.Recommend

  • Patwari

    The inferiority complex goes back 6,000 years.
    And a very rigid Caste System. That allows a higher
    caste hindu to kill a lower caste hindu…if the lower’s
    shadow falls on the higher.
    Even in the Bharati Army, they worry about castes.
    about Untouchables about Dalits about whose shadow
    is falling on who. The soldiers cannot even eat together,
    because of this caste system. Separate kitchens, separate eating areas.
    A hindu army can be defeated by any army in the world,Recommend

  • numbersnumbers

    By your reasoning, Pakistan should let all connected VIP financial criminals keep what they have looted from the country and enjoy a luxurious life overseas! That flawed concept would appear to be a great incentive for others to do the same to Pakistan in the future!Recommend

  • Sane

    No need to reply ‘nonsense’.Recommend

  • Sane

    Better you monitor killers and rapists in your country. But, in this case you will lose money paid by Modi. Have a count as how many Muslims and other religion you killed in India since 1947. Also collect statistics of rapes, specially foreigners.Recommend

  • Sane

    Other can only emerge for repair, when all looters and plunderers in this country are prosecuted and punished indiscriminately.Recommend

  • Rohan

    Don’t give random ispr statistics
    Recommend

  • Rohan

    Learn English
    If you don’t like it then it’s nOt nonsenseRecommend

  • Sane

    These politicians are master of these. They don’t need any advice. They will go to maximum extent to protect their looted wealth and ill-power.Recommend

  • Rohan

    Pakistan has killed more Muslims than India since 1947 a fact which Pakistanis themselves have published and thanks to war and rape crimes during 1971 the Punjabi army remains comfortably number 1Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    The Sharifs have proven over time to be parasites, their exile could benefit the country and save billions in the future if adequate controls and accountability mechanism are introduced in the system..

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Rex Minor

    There is no point to allow the parasites live in the country and infect others with shameless gree them a homd. They have no honour nor a soul to feel the pains and sufferings of the poor but their acts are contageous, their punishment is to be denied of the home land and live in foreign land. Such people are not patriots and a loss for the land which gave them a home.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Rex Minor

    There is no greater punishment Sir than to be denied to live in ones own country!

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • numbersnumbers

    But jail would be so much better than exile, because they would spend time in a box instead of exiled luxury! Curious that you keep harping on EXILE! Could it be you have a soft spot for team sharif??Recommend

  • numbersnumbers

    In case you have been under a rock lately, they desire to spend their lives in luxury in some foreign land and never care about Pakistan, otherwise they would not have looted so much for themselves while millions starve!Recommend

  • numbersnumbers

    “Adequate controls and accountability” in Pakistan! Hahaha
    jail, jail, jail, jail, jail, jailRecommend

  • Patwari

    True. Sharif’s two sons live in London. Permanently.
    And run the Sharif Bro…er….ooops! Bozo Brothers
    money laundering businesses/enterprises from London.
    Currently 19 properties are owned by Bozo Cabal in London.
    Very likely the brothers have dual citizenships.
    You can buy a Swiss, Canadian, French, Swedish,
    Danish, Italian, Irish, Norwegian citizenship if you invest
    about $500,000 dollars in that particular country. For US
    it’s about $700,000.
    All these countries are BEAUTIFUL. Lush and green.
    Then there is Dubai,….Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    The Sharifs should be denied the role of victims. Let them live like regular bods in the country of their choosing . On their watch millions have been displaced on the pretext of fighting terrorism and have radicalised the society. Pakistan is not my country but needs peace and no longer vengence, the country which is capable of producing sweet mangoes and surgical equipment has also the potential to innovate and

    use its energy in space exploration . This was the purpose of creating a muslim majority Nation in the subcontinent to explore the cosmic universe indepndent of hindutwa influence or interfearance. Yes, I have a soft corner for humans and do not believe in extreme ideologies.-

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Sophia Right

    Rohan,

    The worst part about Indians is that they live in their fantasy world and have false pride!

    Do you think you wrote better English than Sane?!!

    Do you compare your english language skills with nations like Pakistan and Bangladesh to feel better? Do you think English is the measurement for intelligence?

    Just look at your response and see the punctuation and grammar mistakes! Do you even realise how many mistakes you made? Do you even know when to apply capitals to a word and where to apply punctuation marks?

    Gang rapes and Muslim lynching for eating beef are making headlines in New York times , Telegraphs and on world’s top news papers but nothing about your claim about killing of Hindus, Sikhs are mentioned.!!

    What is your source of information ? Tarek Fatah, that loser? He claims that ONLY muslims of India eats beef and morons like you believe him.

    BTW beef is is eaten everywhere in the world even your best friend Israel eats beef.

    Just google for steak recipe and you will find plenty from around the world!

    Why don’t you mention about the human right abuses in Kashmir. Your cover is blown now! now the whole world knows about your hypocrisy.

    Recommend

  • Hassan Mirza

    Nawaz Sheriff and family remain in power as shameless Resident of Pakistan want there head of state corrupt Pakistan is 13 th most corrupt nation of the world where corruption is not weakness is the power other wise it won’t take 15 months to prove and still Prime minister is in power shamelessly and come on media lie and not feel nothing Davos in Switzerland prime minister not invited and not let Speech only the reason he was facing the charges if prime minister hounrable person have step down himself with so much insult also as a parents of his children what lesson he is giving his children shame on him .Recommend

  • Hassan Mirza

    Jew once Allah favourite nation then Allah discard them for there Smartness try to be Smart with Allah the ultimate power . Today Pakistani Resident and there ruler have same attitude have Answer to every question but no solution to any problems 13th world most corrupt nation have all the excuses I remember salman butt MOHs amir pose innocent all the way even there parents not feel any shame if there action as corruption is way of life as well lie in Pakistan Allah says jisay tum hoo waisay tum per hukmaran musalat kiya jian gaaRecommend

  • Rohan

    Having a white name and a white photo won’t fool us.Plus you should know that tribune edits our comments if they don’t like it.
    To the rest of your post I’m not going respond to itRecommend