The path ahead for Shar­ifs

Khaleej Times - - OPINION -

With the court’s re­jec­tion of the re­view pe­ti­tions filed by the Shar­ifs, at­ten­tion is likely to switch to the next phase of the fam­ily’s le­gal saga: the NAB ref­er­ences and ac­count­abil­ity tri­als that will be mon­i­tored by the Supreme Court. But be­fore that, Sun­day’s by-elec­tion con­test for Sharif’s va­cant La­hore seat will likely at­tract fresh scru­tiny of the PML-N’s po­lit­i­cal strat­egy, which has veered from vir­tual con­fronta­tion to pas­sive co­op­er­a­tion since Sharif’s ouster. The sen­si­ble path from a demo­cratic per­spec­tive for the PML-N would be to con­tinue to keep the elec­toral process on track while the Shar­ifs con­test the al­le­ga­tions against them in the courts.

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