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          Nawaz Sharif’s Disqualification: What the Western Media Does Not Realize

               n By Dr Mahjabeen Islam
                                                                                                                             On the Pakistan front, there are reports
                     Toledo, Ohio                                                                                        of cronyism by the Sharif family in CPEC con-
                                                                                                                         tracts. Additionally, the former Prime Minister
              emocracy and corruption are sup-                                                                           of Pakistan had a work permit, and consequent
              posed to be inversely  related.  The                                                                       bank accounts, as a resident of the UAE. Much
        Dtransparency inherent in a demo-                                                                                like the money laundering by Mukhtar Ably-
        cratic system reduces the perpetuation of                                                                        azov, bank accounts in a foreign country make
                      corruption.                                                                                        tracing the money trail of devious business
                          Immediately  upon                                                                              deals a great deal more difficult.
                    Nawaz Sharif’s disqualifica-                                                                             A pletho-ra of individuals in the US gov-
                    tion by the Supreme Court,                                                                           ernment, legislative and judicial branches have
                    mainstream Western media,                                                                            been  indicted  and  punished  for  corruption.
                    almost uniformly, condemned                                                                          The only difference between the Sharif ouster
                    his  ouster calling it an attack                                                                     and the process in the US is that a Senate panel
                    on Pakistan’s democracy.                                                                             decides governmental cases. So why was the
            The appointment of Special Counsel                                                                           Western media bemoaning Nawaz Sharif’s
        Robert Mueller to investigate the Trump cam-                                                                     fall? Like Pakistanis the world over, the media
        paign’s collusion with Russia and the handling                                                                   too was shocked at the Supreme Court verdict.
        of Nawaz Sharif by the Joint Investigative Task-                                                                 Everyone pretty much expects that the billion-
        force provide interesting parallels at many lev-                                                                 dollar corruption in Pakistan will never cease.
        els.                                  Sharif and Saad Rafiq promised to abide by the   Journalist Adam Davidson has published   Zardari’s  ten percent commission,  MQM’s
            On May 9, 2017 Trump abruptly fired   decision of the JIT. Sweet celebrations followed,   an article for the August 21 edition of the New   bhatta system and Sharif’s lifafa politics would
        FBI Director James Comey, apparently after   as did PML-N exerting pressure on the JIT. The   Yorker in which he traces Trump’s business   continue unabated. Though the military has
        Comey refused to end the criminal investiga-  intimidation and pressure on the JIT became   association with Kazakhstan banker Mukhtar   not interfered with the democratic process, it
        tion into the Trump campaign’s collusion with   so intense that ex-CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry de-  Ablyazov who was indicted in 2009 of £3 bil-  is being blamed for the ouster. Activist judges
        Russia. Trump demanded Comey’s loyalty but   manded security of the JIT, the Supreme Court   lion bank fraud as chairman of BTA bank. In   are being blamed as well.
        Comey would only promise honesty. On May   justices and their families.     2005,    Ablyazov  gave  loans  to  shell  compa-  What the media in the West does not real-
        17, 2017 the Justice Department appointed   On July 28, 2017 in a stunning unanimous   nies in neighboring Georgia through the Silk   ize is that in Pakistan the fox is guarding the
        Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate   verdict the Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz   Road Group. In 2012 then property developer   henhouse. Expecting Sharif’s judicial commis-
        the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia.   Sharif and despite his promise to abide by the   Trump was paid $1 million for opening the   sion to be impartial or for the JIT to present
            On April 4, 2014 the International Con-  JIT decision, Nawaz Sharif was left kicking   Trump Tower Batoumi seaside resort in Geor-  its report to the PMLN-dominated Parliament
        sortium of Investigative Journalism published   and screaming. And will now face contempt of   gia. A simple Google search at the time would   and expect an unbiased verdict would be the
        the Panama Papers, exposing tax evasion by   court charges for thumbing his nose at the Su-  have revealed the extensive money laundering   epitome of delusion.
        the world’s elite through offshore accounts and   preme Court and continuing as PML-N party   and fraud connected with the Silk Road Group   And who said democracy had been at-
        shell companies. Nawaz Sharif and his family   chair.                       and BTA Bank, but this was not done. Now,   tacked in Pakistan? No martial law was de-
        were also named. Nawaz Sharif denied wrong-  The Trump-Sharif parallels continue.   though,  charges  can be filed  against  Trump   clared. Democracy in Pakistan remains as
        doing and set up a judicial committee to inves-  Trump calls the investigation a witch-hunt and   under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for   dysfunctional as it was in the Nawaz Sharif
        tigate the charges. Opposition parties rejected   Sharif cries hoarse - literally - about not know-  an American associating with fraudulent indi-  premiership, with un-parliamentary displays
        the judicial commission and on November 1,   ing why the Supreme Court disqualified him.   viduals.              of Sharif’s photo in Parliament and use of tax-
        2016  the  Supreme  Court  agreed  to  hear  the   Goebbels, Hitler’s information minister, em-  Worse yet for Trump the Kazakh and Rus-  payer money for his travels down GT Road.
        case. On April 20, 2017 in a split 3-2 verdict the   ployed the same tactics: repeat an untruth ad   sian  governments  have  huge  dossiers  about    (Dr Mahjabeen Islam specializes in ad-
        Supreme Court ordered the formation of a JIT.   infinitum to the point that you yourself believe   people, local and foreign, with the ability to   diction and family medicine in Toledo Ohio
        The PML-N labeled this a victory and Nawaz   it to be true.                 easily blackmail them.               USA)

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