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April 6, 2020
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Political Drama in Pakistan: A Perfect Example of Sham Democracy

The events of 28th July, 2017 in Pakistan proved that history repeats itself. In the last seventy years of Pakistan’s birth not even a single Prime Minister from Liaquat Ali Khan to Nawaz Sharif has been able to complete his/ her full term of five years in office. Prime Ministers ousted, assassinated, dismissed by the court or removed by the military is like customary rule in Pakistan.

PM Nawaz Sharif resigned after he was disqualified by the Supreme Court on the charges of financial transgression. He denied all the charges and said he was removed by the Supreme Court over “baseless allegations.” These charges of accretion of disproportionate assets through off-shore companies owned by  Nawaz’s  children were first revealed in 2016, in what is referred to as the “Panama Papers” leak.

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Under Sharif, Pakistan has experienced economic growth, reduced poverty and also saw a drop in terrorism. This was his third term in office. He previously served from 1990 to 1993, when he was dismissed by the president on corruption charges, and again from 1997 to 1999 when he was ousted in a military coup.

Nawaz Sharif has named his younger brother, Shehbaz Sharif as his successor who is the Punjab Chief Minister. To be elected as a member of Parliament, he will have to be elected as a member of parliament. This process will require 45-50 days. Until then, former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will serve as the interim prime minister.

However, the point here arises is what is the need for the implementation of these democratic practices when army and military has already decided the fate of democracy in Pakistan. I think Pakistan is an ideal example of “sham democracy.”

(The views expressed are personal. She can be reached at  [email protected] or www.jyotikateckchandani.com )

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