WOULD’NT BE SUR­PRIS­ING IF THE ARMY WANTED SHARIF OUT.

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The Supreme Court didn’t find Sharif guilty of cor­rup­tion per se, but in­stead de­clared that he’d vi­o­lated Ar­ti­cles 62 and 63 of Pak­istan’s Con­sti­tu­tion, which de­mand that mem­bers of par­lia­ment be “sadiq” and “ameen” — “truth­ful” and “right­eous.” These were made into re­quire­ments by one of Pak­istan’s many past mil­i­tary dic­ta­tors, pre­sum­ably as a way of con­trol­ling leg­is­la­tors. The con­di­tions are usu­ally used as a way to hu­mil­i­ate and ha­rass can­di­dates; this is the first time they’ve been used to dis­qual­ify a mem­ber of par­lia­ment ret­ro­spec­tively. It doesn’t take a ge­nius to see Sharif is be­ing sin­gled out us­ing a par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous and il­lib­eral con­sti­tu­tional clause.

Of course, Sharif ’s no saint. He wel­comed the ju­di­cial dis­missal of his pre­de­ces­sor, and a court-ap­pointed “joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion team” amassed a 275-page re­port on his fam­ily’s af­fairs that makes for quite fas­ci­nat­ing read­ing. But it’s worth not­ing Nawaz Sharif

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