Shar­ifs main­tain po­lit­i­cal grip in spite of re­moval

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

Po­lit­i­cal ob­servers said that Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N party could win more sym­pa­thy and votes in the com­ing elec­tions in the wake of the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Marvi Sar­mad, a se­nior po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity an­a­lyst, said that although op­po­si­tion leader Im­ran Khan is the main ben­e­fi­ciary of the court’s re­moval of the prime min­is­ter, he could not stop Sharif ’s party from main­tain­ing a pow­er­ful role in pol­i­tics.

“I do not think there will be any sig­nif­i­cant change in the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion,” she said, point­ing out that Shah­baz has ex­ten­sive po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence and could over­come the cur­rent cri­sis.

PML-N and Nawaz Sharif him­self showed po­lit­i­cal sagac­ity to im­ple­ment the Supreme Court’s ver­dict de­spite ex­press­ing se­ri­ous reser­va­tions.

There is no doubt that Nawaz Sharif ’s dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion will have a neg­a­tive im­pact on the in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal poli­cies he had been pur­su­ing as the prime min­is­ter. But trans­fer­ring the power to his brother will en­sure con­tin­u­a­tion of poli­cies, in­clud­ing fight against ter­ror­ism.

Cor­dial re­la­tions with In­dia and Afghanistan will be a dif­fi­cult task for the new leader but he will have to honor Nawaz Sharif ’s pledges for good neigh­borly re­la­tions.

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