In the lion’s den

Nawaz Sharif

FrontLine - - PAKISTAN - BY JOHN CHE­RIAN

By re­turn­ing to Pak­istan, where he was ar­rested as soon as his plane landed in La­hore, is ex­pected to make a cru­cial dif­fer­ence to the for­tunes of his party in the July 25 par­lia­men­tary elec­tion.

es­tab­lish­ment in Pak­istan now wants to en­sure his per­ma­nent ex­ile from pol­i­tics and the de­feat of the rul­ing party, the Pak­istan Mus­lim League (Nawaz), or the PML(N), in the July 25 elec­tion.

On July 5, the former Prime Min­is­ter was found guilty of cor­rup­tion by a Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau (NAB) court in Pak­istan. He was sen­tenced in ab­sen­tia to 10 years in prison and fined $10 mil­lion. His daugh­ter and po­lit­i­cal heir, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, and her hus­band, Muham­mad Saf­dar, were also found guilty. Maryam was given a jail term of seven years and her hus­band was given a year in prison. When the sen­tence was read out, Nawaz Sharif and Maryam were in Lon­don, where his wife is in a crit­i­cal med­i­cal con­di­tion. The spe­cial court had de­nied the former Prime Min­is­ter’s re­quest

NAWAZ Sharif and his daugh­ter Maryam af­ter their plane ar­rived in La­hore on July 13. Pho­to­graph re­leased by the PML(N).

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