Nawaz Sharif’s Double Standards:
One of the many famous political leaders is Nawaz Sharif. He is the founder of PML-N and former Prime Minister of Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif entered politics when Sharif’s Steel business was nationalized. Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto did it to regain control of the steel plant.
Since day one, the army has played a very crucial role in the politics of Pakistan. The economic and political sector of Pakistan has always been in the armed forces’ hands. Also, it is not a secret. As the country’s most powerful institution, it has a great influence. Be it in democratic roles, matters of state, or political leaders. The army has a strong grasp.
In 1976, he joined the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) and in 1980 was included in the cabinet as the finance minister. He was appointed by General Ghulam Gilani (military governor of Punjab province) during Zia ul Haq’s reign.
As a supporter of General Zia ul Haq’s military rule, Nawaz gained much popularity.
He even convinced Zia to denationalize the industries for the improvement of the country’s economy. With Zia’s agreement, Nawaz Sharif was able to get back his steel industry.
In 1981, he joined the Punjab advisory board, and with heavy support from the army, he won two elections. He was first elected as chief minister of Punjab in 1985 and then re-elected at the end of martial law in 1988. This was the time when Zia was removed from power. After Zia died in 1988, Pakistan Muslim League split into factions. One of these factions was under Sharif’s control. It later became PML-N.
He had always supported General Zia’s military rule as it brought a lot to his table. Author and journalist Zahid Hussain say regarding Nawaz Sharif in conversation with Dawn,
“He was brought into the Punjab provincial government in 1984 from nowhere.”
This paints a rather clear picture of the army’s support to Nawaz and how the whole institution played a pillar in building him up from the ground. It also depicts the amount of trust Nawaz must-have in the institution and how much of his political career he owes to Pakistan’s military.
Nawaz Sharif’s double standards kick in when the same institution supposedly deems him unfit to run the country.
His reaction to this acquisition leaves the general public questioning the former Prime Minister’s credibility. While addressing thousands of people at the recent event of the Pakistan democratic movement (PDM) in Gujranwala/Lahore, Nawaz blamed the current Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa and ISI Chief Lt. General Faiz Hameed for continuous interference in the country’s political matters.
Nawaz held them responsible for everything that went down the hill. He even accused the army of colluding with the current Prime Minister Imran Khan. He blamed the army for helping PTI win the elections of 2018. Furthermore, he gave an ultimatum to the military leaders and the government. He told them to prepare themselves as they will be held accountable for the losses they have caused.
Political leaders of a country are looked upon by many.
When one of the allies with any state institution publicly only to later question the same institution’s intentions towards the Nation. It automatically bites them in the behind as their character and reputation come into question too. With the past that Nawaz Sharif holds, ‘a product of military establishment,’ and contrasting speech at PDM’s event, the public can’t help but think of ‘sinners judging sinners for sinning differently.’
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