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Lengthening Shadows: Who allowed PM Nawaz Sharif to go abroad?

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  1. Pakistan Space Agency

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    Lengthening Shadows
    If Imran really did not want Nawaz to go abroad, then who did it? Farhatullah Babar

    By Farhatullah Babar
    November 29, 2019


    Is Imran Khan fighting a losing political battle? This is the question being asked after Nawaz Sharif left for London on his own terms, leaving the prime minister in a quandary that seems to be biting his soul.

    Khan had painstakingly spun his political career around the single slogan of no tolerance for corruption, “NRO over my dead body.” Vowing never to spare the ‘corrupt,’ he promised to make them disgorge the ‘looted wealth,’ no matter what the cost. “I am a fighter, have fought all my life and never give in,” he claimed all along, emphasising that ‘corrupt’ will not escape the country.

    The ‘corrupt’ Nawaz, however, not only escaped to London but also refused to submit indemnity bonds worth Rs7 billion to earn it. That bond was needed also as face-saving for Imran Khan, but Sharif publicly scoffed at the suggestion of giving even a symbolic face saving. With vengeance, Nawaz Sharif seemed to be making a political statement: No NRO to Imran.


    After resisting, initially the prime minister relented and agreed to let him go on ‘humanitarian grounds.’ But the humanitarian facade did not last long, as suddenly he was confronted with backlash.

    The permission to let Nawaz go was seen by many, even in his own party, as betrayal of the cause of fighting corruption. Backtracking on the ‘humanitarian’ narrative, the prime minister suddenly chose to cast doubt on the judicial system for permitting Nawaz to go abroad.

    At a public ceremony in Abbottabad, Imran Khan talked on duality in the justice system that treated preferentially the rich and the powerful. Unprecedentedly, he publicly asked both the incumbent and CJP-in-waiting to restore public trust in the judiciary and even offered his support for it.

    Alas, for Imran Khan, this salvo against the judiciary misfired
    when CJP Asif Saeed Khosa publicly dismissed the taunt over two judicial systems. “Don’t hurl taunts at us for favouring the powerful,” the CJP retorted in a rare public rejoinder. Permission to Sharif was granted by the prime minister himself and that the judiciary had only set modalities in this regard, the CJP said.

    Puffing and fuming, Khan then changed tracks and cast doubt on the medics’ reports
    on the basis of which he had earlier given permission on humanitarian grounds. At a public event in his hometown Mianwali, he said that he was shocked to see the way Sharif had climbed the staircase of the aircraft. “After seeing him going up the plane’s stairs, I once again went through the medical reports which said he had a heart condition, malfunctioning kidneys and is a diabetic.” He ridiculed medical reports that claimed Nawaz suffered from 15 complicated ailments and was on the verge of death.

    But the more he tried to convince sceptics that he neither wanted to let him out of jail, nor had he relented on his commitment to fighting corruption, the more it eluded him. A question that soon arose was: If Imran really did not want Nawaz to go abroad, then who did it? ISPR’s nauseating ‘same page’ statement just when the question was being asked only further compounded the woes.

    It seemed like an admission that an unwilling government indeed had been asked to endorse the decision taken by backseat drivers placing both on the ‘same page.’
    It also meant that Imran Khan was not a free agent and was beholden to the mystifying entities that helped bring him to power.

    The chance to own the decision, declare it to be responsible, humane and in national interest and also dispel the impression that it had been taken by some others was irretrievably lost to the government. This must have made the prime minister twist and turn. As shadows lengthened, the prime minister made two swift and thoughtless moves for damage control. He first appointed a recently retired army general as chief executive of CPEC Authority, and then moved the judiciary to defer the treason case verdict put off against General Musharraf.

    The shadows, however, seem to lengthen not only for Imran but also for those who may have arm-twisted him into taking the decision. People no longer believe the ‘same page’ mantra which has long overrun its course. With each passing day the manoeuvres by backseat drivers controlling the state vehicle become self-evident.

    Even opponents of Imran acknowledge that the mysterious media censorship, banning of specific newspapers and shutting some TV broadcasts in selected parts of the country, or the mysterious phone calls to media outlets are not the doings of the government. The Faizabad dharna case verdict of Supreme Court has served to reinforce such perceptions. Asma Jehangir’s petition in the apex court questioning scores of channels owned by ISPR may reveal more than what meets the eye when it is finally heard and decided.

    Punjab is the bastion of political and military power. ANP Rahbar late Abdul Wali was once asked whether he foresaw that the games played with the Constitution and mandate of the people will ever come to an end. “Yes, it will happen when the people of Punjab will rise against it,” Wali Khan cryptically remarked, adding that he hoped for the day. Is it that the powers behind Nawaz’s departure have sensed the dangers of keeping a three time Punjabi prime minister caged for too long that could make the prediction of Wali Khan come true?

    The shadows are lengthening, not only for Imran Khan but also for those who are on the same page with him. Not only Imran Khan but some others may be fighting a battle that cannot be won.

    The writer is a former senator.

    https://www.thefridaytimes.com/lengthening-shadows/
     
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    Farhatullah Babar is a PPP scumbag of the first order. Fuedal oldie bastard.
     
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    The analysis, presented in this OP article, is by and large correct. In summary, it was the Establishment, which wanted to release NS and IK was forced, by the circumstances, to accept this decision.
     
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    We haven't heard anything on Nawazoo's health. Is he fleeing to the US?
     
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    Is the Government not keeping a track of it?
     
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    Have heard that both brothers are more in contact with the pimps of London, than doctors.:lol:
    So much for the so called health problems.
     
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    If not shame on them.
     
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    Prime Minister khan with his cabinet on board let the mafia sultan get out of this country. History shall remember it.

    IK was not some shoki patwari who could be forced. Anyone can suggest anything to him but the blame lies entirely upon the chief executive
     
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  9. Yaseen1

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    i think nawaz was seriously ill and certain tests regarding cancer are prescribed by doctors in u.k,remember his late wife kalsoom nawaz also went to u.k for treatment on her own feet without any wheelchair but later died within one yr so even he may apparently seem healthy he may be ill and at early stage of his death,things will become evident within few months
     
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    IK was brought to power as a puppet by those that have always run Pakistan - sometimes in the open, other times in the background.

    IKs supporters were/are aware of this but thought that he would be a man of principles and once in the PM seat would stick to those principles no matter how he got there. Recent events prove that IK has no principles. All he wanted and wants is the kursi - just as those before him.

    Who actually runs Pakistan? I think it may be the same man who recently the entire government bent over backwards to keep in power, the one for whom a sitting federal minister left his ministry to protect, and for whom laws would now be changed so that he could keep running the country.

    We all know this. Those of us that say it out loud will be called patwaris (despite opposing NS being let go) or anti Pakistan (despite clearly making pro pakistan comments). Whilst those that close their eyes to the obvious and support anti Pak decision will receive positive ratings.

    This is the naya Pakistan created by IK and his puppet master.
     
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    You think a lot
     
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    Patwaris leader made fool of them and look at them they are happy lol.
     
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    People around IK are secret agents of Asif Ali Zardari.
     
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    I guess this dinosaur commie is looking for the same deal for zaleeldari, brother of mian.
     
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    And PPPP, PML N,JUI, high end beaucracy of punjab and 1 core 30 lac voters of central punjab

    WRONG
    he might be ill but he refused bone marrow tresting which is bedside procedure and doesnt require london

    The slides if needed for special testing can be send abroad

    Pakistan is ran by educated polticians, military judiciary and becaucray most of whom belong to the elite of central punjab
     
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