Shibli Faraz, a senior leader of the ruling party and Federal Minister for Information, has said that after Nawaz Sharif’s controversial speech during the All Parties Conference (APC) many Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders have contacted us [PTI]. According to a report published by Dunya TV, Faraz has criticized the PML-N leader and said that Nawaz Sharif s recent statement has upset his own party. Voices are also being raised from within the PML-N over his statement.
Notably, Nawaz slammed the country’s powerful establishment for the engineering political process and allegedly installing an inexperienced politician, Imran Khan, as the prime minister of Pakistan. He urged the participants to “to review the history of events in Pakistan’s development and democracy”. Moreover, Nawaz also alluded to quitting the assemblies: “I am fully agreed with the stance of Maulana Fazlur Rehman as we have to make this event conclusive by defying all old traditions and formalities. I am having a vast experience in Pakistan’s politics and public opinion is real democracy,” he maintained.
On Sunday, PML-N MPA Jaleel Ahmed Sharaqpuri, from PP-139 in Sheikhupura, said he would not support Sharif’s stand against state institutions, The Express Tribune reported. He added that the former prime minister should not have indulged in such talk and it had hurt him deeply.
The provincial lawmaker noted that Sharif’s younger brother, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, was not inclined towards speaking against any state institution. “Sharif’s anti-military speech in the APC was against national interest,” the MPA said, advising the ousted premier to avoid becoming emotional and targeting state institutions.
Shehbaz Sharif, PML-N’s President and Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly, said a few months ago that just a month before the General Elections 2018, two renowned journalists approached him with a message regarding his chances of becoming the next prime minister.
The PML-N leader, in an interview with an Urdu daily, claimed that a month before the July election, names of potential cabinet members were being finalized in his meetings with ‘powerful circles’.
Shehbaz is known for his pro-establishment in his party; hence, always treated as the establishment’s man. There have been some reports suggesting his differences with Nawaz and Maryam over the nature of the party’s relationship with the country’s powerful establishment.
The making of a new Altaf Hussain and MQM?
GVS learnt through reliable sources that Shehbaz Sharif is not at good terms with Maryam Nawaz after her insistence to have a strong position against the army. Sources claim that Shehbaz wanted not to cross the red line. “Nawaz and Maryam have crossed all the limits; Nawaz is a new Altaf Hussain and PML-N is likely to become a new MQM,” the source said.
Nawaz Sharif CHOR is the New Altaf Hussien of Pakistan. Both Thieves hiding in London and trying to do Politics in Pakistan. No words of how low these two will go to be relevant. Completely Shameless. pic.twitter.com/C8M8mYlTwx
— Murad Raas (@DrMuradPTI) September 24, 2020
There is a growing perception on Pakistani social media that Nawaz is the new Altaf Hussain – MQM-L’s chief who controlled Karachi and spread violence while staying in London, with an ambition to control Pakistan while sitting in the UK.
Some people are comparing the case of Nawaz Sharif with that of Altaf Hussain. Both Nawaz and Altaf are controlling Pakistan politics from London, and there are several other similarities between the two, according to reports.
Altaf Hussain, a leader of MQM-London, who is now not allowed to appear on TV screens, is not allowed to carry out political activities in Pakistan due to a series of anti-Pakistan comments he had made a few years ago.
Altaf Hussain, in a video message posted on MQM-L’s official social media platforms on 23rd March 2017, requested Indian help to regain control of Karachi, the business capital of Pakistan.
Karachi has witnessed a spate of violence and acute law and order situation since the 1990s. Several people were killed, looted, exploited or made criminals for the political interests of Altaf Hussain, argue many political experts.
However, during the last government of PPP, the Pakistan Rangers were given the task to restore peace and order in Karachi. The situation has improved significantly in recent months as the state regains control of the metropolis.
Nawaz is a proclaimed offender
An accountability court has declared Nawaz Sharif a proclaimed offender in the Toshakhana vehicles reference, initiated the process to confiscate his properties, and directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to make his arrest through Interpol.
Whether the media can air or publish a statement of a proclaimed offender. Lawyers believe that freedom of speech is an inalienable right of every citizen. One section of govt is also opposing the consideration about banning of Nawaz Sharif’s speech.https://t.co/iUCpMCcqDi
— Hasnaat Malik (@HasnaatMalik) September 20, 2020
A two-member division bench, comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, had issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Nawaz on the last Tuesday during a hearing of appeals against a sentence by the accountability court in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference.
In a brief ruling, IHC’s Justice Kayani remarked that the PML-N supremo neither underwent a surgery, despite citing it as a reason behind obtaining bail to travel to the United Kingdom, nor was he admitted to a hospital.