The Supreme Court of Pakistan has dealt a significant blow to several prominent politicians by reinstating corruption cases against them.
This comes after the court scrapped amendments to National Accountability Bureau’s anti-graft laws made by the PDM government. The Supreme Court invalidated the amendments made to the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO), 1999, which were enacted last year. The court also accepted a petition filed by Imran Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), challenging these amendments.
Notable figures that should be affected by this ruling include former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, former PM Yousaf Raza Gillani and former President Asif Ali Zardari.
The Supreme Court’s ruling on the amendments to anti-graft laws has triggered a wave of mixed reactions from political circles and the public alike. Some hail it as a victory for accountability and justice, while others view it as a politically motivated move aimed at fooling the public into thinking that ‘neutrals’ are, in fact, neutral.
Prominent leaders from various political parties should find themselves once again entangled in legal battles as these corruption cases are resurrected.
It remains to be seen how much the Supreme Court verdict will impact any political figure, if at all.
While apparently, the corruption cases shall be reinstated, it is highly unlikely that this will practically happen because these politicians have already been given relief by the judicial system of the country several times.