KARACHI: After the verdict of the Supreme Court of Pakistan was made public on Thursday regarding the Panama Leaks case, various political parties have started clamouring for the Prime Minister to tender his resignation.
Here are ten reasons why those demands are being made on solid grounds:-
1 Post-verdict, Nawaz has lost all moral authority to govern
It is true, isn't it? A democratic leader is elected to power through the popular vote only after he has satisfied them on moral grounds. Nawaz seems to have lost that. Mr Prime Minister, now is the time to pack your bags.
2 The Supreme Court of Pakistan disregarded the Qatari letter completely
The Prime Minister's number one justification for purchasing the London flats was the Qatari letter. This is what the apex court's judges remarked about the Qatari letter:-
"It is, however, ironical that the said bombshell (letter) has caused more damage to the case of Nawaz Sharif and his children than to the case of the petitioners. In fact the devastation wreaked by that document upon the case of Nawaz Sharif and his children may be incalculable and beyond their contemplation."
3 As per the judges remarks, explanations given by our Prime Minister cannot be termed as honest
Isn't it one of the prerequisites to be a parliamentarian? That you have to be honest and trustworthy? Well, this is what the honourable judges said about the Prime Minister's explanations:-
"All this is sufficient to convince a prudent man that all was not well with the explanations advanced by respondent No.1 (Nawaz Sharif) and that such explanations cannot be termed as honest."
4 Two judges of the apex court wanted the Prime Minister disqualified
Out of five judges, two wanted the Prime Minister disqualified. Is the Prime Minister not reading the writing on the wall?
5 Not a single judge accepted the Prime Minister's version without any flaws
Out of the five judges hearing the case, not one granted the Prime Minister a clean chit. Two wanted him to be disqualified while the remaining three wanted further scrutiny. Wherein lies the moral victory here?
6 Learn from David Cameron, Mr Sharif!
British Prime Minister David Cameron resigned and left office when the English public voted for Brexit while he campaigned against it. Showing dignity and class, Cameron resigned as he believed he was no longer popular. When will our Prime Minister do the same?
7 Judges expressed serious doubts about the Prime Minister and his family acquiring London properties lawfully
This is what the Supreme Court's judgment regarding Panama Leaks expressed:-
"On account of the facts mentioned above I have entertained serious doubts about the claim of respondent No. 1 (Nawaz Sharif) and his family that the relevant properties in London had legitimately and lawfully been acquired by them through the resources and funds stated by them and such doubts have been compounded by some interviews given by them to the local and international print and electronic media."
8 If Sharif does not resign, it would only cause further trouble
Opposition parties, especially the PTI, will not rest till Nawaz Sharif does not throw in the towel. This is because they believe they've got the premier where they want him; against the ropes and vulnerable. Better to stand down now then to drag the affair and make it worse.
9 The JIT would lack considerable credibility--here's why
The Joint Investigation Team will not be a credible one since the Prime Minister will remain their boss nonetheless. As Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif would wield considerable influence, denting chances of an impartial investigation.
10 Elections are near--and now is the time to show no fear
Trust me, Nawaz Sharif going into election as a former premier who willingly gave allowed himself to be probed would sit well with the masses. A corruption-tainted Prime Minister WOULD not. It's better for the Prime Minister's political career to tender resignation now, while he has the chance.
Published in Pakistan
Story first published: 21st April 2017