Op-ed: Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz are national security threats to Pakistan

As a young educated woman of Pakistan, I am clueless to understand what lessons of democracy Pakistan's People's Party and Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz is giving to youth in Pakistan, writes Needa Chaudhry.

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After the Panama-gate saga, the Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davio Gunnlaugsson resigned in a civil manner and never said “Mujhy Kyun Nikala”. The then Prime Minister of United Kingdom, David Cameron, unambiguously admitted in the House of Commons that the owed 5,000 units in Blairmore Investment trust was sold before he took the oath of PM because he never wanted others to say he had other agendas and vested interests.  The Argentinian Prime Minister Mauricio failed to declare assets as required by public officials, and facing backlash, never said “Mujhy Kyun Nikala”, like Nawaz Sharif did.

This is the norm in civilized democratic societies across the globe; where democracy prevails.

Lessons to the Pakistani youth 

As a young educated woman of Pakistan, I am clueless to understand what lessons of democracy Pakistan’s People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz is giving to the youth in Pakistan, where their own Prime Minister preferred to leave the Prime Minister House and refused the orders of the honorable court to write a letter to the Swiss bank, unfortunately, where their own PM was disqualified on the Constitution of Pakistan as dishonest, and where they failed to prove their innocence in the court of law.

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Nawaz Sharif was indifferent to the plight of Kashmir when he entertained Modi at his residence but, and was even unable to raise a voice against atrocities in Kashmir. However, he was pleased to extend his business interests with Indian steel magnate Sajjan Jindal. Asif Ali Zardari failed in the court of law regarding the Omni group. What lesson of equality is Bilawal giving to the youth of Pakistan? They have ruined the future of young generations of Pakistan. Maryam Nawaz exhorts a “crisis of morals” at every jalsa in her speeches, but how can we forget Calibri font and Qatari letters?

At the moment Pakistan is a game changer in the region and current government just needs sufficient time to prove themselves

I have never witnessed political parties tussling with institutions anywhere else in the world. I believe that Nawaz Shareef and Maryam Nawaz are national security threats to Pakistan; the way they are leveling accusations against institutions in bad faith and highlighting confidential information, it is not in the interest of Pakistan.

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For instance, Nawaz Sharif said: “Why did Pakistan Army engage in incidents like Mumbai attacks? How did Pakistan copy American missiles?” PML-N gave enough cause for our neighbors to humiliate us at the United Nations and the International Court of Justice.

Dividing Pakistan from within 

Why does it seem to me that the opposition is trying to divide the nation in the name of hate and revenge? Pakistan has various extreme internal and external challenges; education, health, environment, economy, sectarian conflict, export, recently formed smooth relations with Afghanistan, accommodating relations with Iran and cold relations with India.

Judiciary is a pivotal pillar for any democratic system and the questions raised on them are horrific.

For the very first time in the history of Pakistan, Islamabad and Rawalpindi are on one  page, and there is nothing wrong in being so within the boundaries of the Constitution, to serve the best interest of the country.  At the moment, Pakistan is a game changer in the region, and the current government just needs sufficient time to prove itself. How can we ignore our brave army who fought for the elimination of terrorism? From the Karachi bloodbath to the floods, from the February surprise to the Indian Air Force to earthquakes, from securing borders to dispensing spies like Kulbushan Yadav, this institution has paid the highest price for the best interests of the country.

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Western allies have lost the Afghanistan war, and after eighteen years, they entered into a series of dialogues to bring their soldiers back to their countries.  Even after the longest lost war, I have never seen or heard their leaders abusing their forces or dividing the nation. According to “Chilcot” report on Iraq war, the ex-PM of Great Britain, Tony Blair, apologized for the Iraq war and the massive destruction it caused. However, he did not drag the army into it.

It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right

I am surprised at this dirty divide and rule principle of politics in Pakistan. I have never heard the opposition members of House of Commons, such as Ed Miliband, Jeremy Corbyn, and Herriot Herman, address their Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) Richard Moore in rallies or conferences. In Pakistan, the DG ISI is addressed and discussed in public gatherings, and talk shows. There is no respect left for any institution in Pakistan. What culture are our elders promoting? Judiciary is a pivotal pillar for any democratic system, and the questions raised on them are horrific.

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This revenge and hate will lead to nothing but chaos.

It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right. -Winston Churchill

Needa Salam Chaudhry has an academic background is LLB Honors, LLM and Barrister at law from the United Kingdom. She is currently practicing in corporate and human rights law. She also writes for multifarious English newspapers on various national and international issues. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.


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