Latest Update On Rao Anwar Case In Supreme Court

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s leader stands disqualified by the country’s Supreme Court after the Panama Leaks corruption probe. Moments after the verdict, Nawaz Sharif announced that he’s stepping down from the seat of the prime minister. What does the court judgment mean for Nawaz Sharif, the Sharif family and the PML-N? Our experts weigh in.

‘The party could disintegrate’
Zahid Hussain

Who will become the next prime minister?
One cannot be sure about it. It’s a very uncertain situation.

Is there anyone that the PML-N can produce as a leader?
I don’t think so because the party revolves around one person or one family. So it will be very difficult for the party to actually have a person who could keep the party united and go into the next elections.

What could be the evolution of the PML-N? Or is this the end of party as well?
That’s the problem with the PML-N. Nawaz Sharif has tried to transform the party and make it more populist but it still remains the party of the establishment. We have seen in the past that whenever under pressure, the party disintegrated and I think it could happen again.

Does the party have any chances in the next elections?
It’s doubtful because the entire family has been indicted and I think that’s the biggest blow.

Will the PTI or any other party be able to take advantage in the elections?
Imran will have the biggest advantage but basically politics will become much more fragmented now in Punjab because the battle ground is in Punjab. The rest of the country isn’t that much affected by the verdict. It will lead to a more fragmented house.

Zahid Hussain is an author and journalist. He tweets @hidhussain.

‘Historically, the voting public seems to be unfazed by allegations’
Salahuddin Ahmed

Who will become the next prime minister?
I really have no idea but if media reports are to be believed, Khawaja Asif or Shahid Khaqan Abbasi may have a chance.

Can the PML-N have another leader outside of the House of Nawaz?
Another prime minister maybe but not necessarily another leader.

What does it mean for the PML-N that it can’t produce another leader especially with the elections coming up?
It doesn’t really mean much because nearly all other parties are also organised around a family, on a hereditary basis.

Does the PML-N stand a chance to win the next elections?
I don’t think this will necessarily be fatal to their electoral chances. This is not over as yet. I mean, there are possibly reviews to be filed, maybe even constitutional amendments. A lot of things could happen between now and then.

So, possible redemption or way back for Nawaz Sharif? Or is his career over?
I don’t think so. Nawaz Sharif has been convicted by courts before as well, as well as the PPP leaders like Benazir and Zardari. Somehow, convictions and disqualifications don’t seem to stick in Pakistan.

Don’t you think this verdict is different from those in the past?
You see, there are a bunch of things that could be done. Let’s say tomorrow, a few other politicians also get disqualified on the same grounds. If the Supreme Court was to apply this rule even-evenhandedly then I find it hard to understand how, even Imran Khan for that matter, would escape. So if we have a bunch of disqualifications then eventually, probably the parliament would get around to removing article 62-63 altogether, and that would pave the way for a return.

Do you think Imran Khan has an improved chance now after this verdict?
I don’t know how important this verdict will be in electoral terms.

Why is that?
Because historically, the voting public seems to be relatively unfazed by allegations. Just because Imran has been successful in ousting the PM, it doesn’t mean that it would immediately improve his electoral chances with the public.

He might get an advantage, there might be a bunch of people willing to jump ship from the PML-N to the PTI, which might improve his chances. But for the general voting public, I don’t know how much effect this judgment would have.

Is another PML-N government possible?
I think we could have that. If they decide to hold elections straight away, although I don’t think they would be that bold.

Salahuddin Ahmed is a lawyer based in Karachi.

Latest Update On Rao Anwar Case In Supreme Court

Shahid Afridi rain of sixes VS Peshawar Zalmi, PSL 2018

Shahid Afridi on a rampage here with the bat. Not often we see this but here he is hitting sixes after one the other. He has hit four in a row and this is a PSL record here. Afridi is the danger man for the Peshawar team and they would like to take him out as soon as possible. this enterprise may be performed on thursday in sharjah. matters are apparently poised inside the decrease half of the elements desk, and regardless of the reality that not more than a few of factors separate the pinnacle five factors, it’s critical to phrase that there are best  video video games final for all sides bar the multan sultans. the sultans are already completed with their league engagements and their loss at the hands of islamabad united has left them with 9 factors from the ten video video games.

What this means is if the peshawar zalmi issue can win every their final  video video games, they will turn out to be on 10 elements from their engagements, that is one greater than the multan sultans. with lahore already out, due to this a qualification for the playoffs. the alternative manner of searching at it is that no matter understanding what the zalmis need to do, it’s not going to be clean.  wins from successive video games of which one is this one that is in opposition to the karachi kings, a strong organization who’re themselves a win far from qualification. the zalmis’ certainly one of a kind interest can be closer to the lahore qalandars, which is probably slightly lots less difficult given the show positioned up thru their warring parties but there’s a capture there. the qalandars do no longer have some thing to lose, no strain in besides, due to this that they’ll be gambling for delight and the zalmis, inside the occasion that they do win in competition to the kings, might be gambling in a ought to-win come across.

All stated and performed, the zalmis have made topics difficult for themselves and are left with all to play for going into this recreation. the karachi kings, with nine points from 8 video video games, sincerely need one win to make the playoffs however there are  considered one of a kind eventualities. one, they are capable of make the playoffs even though they lose both their very last video games, given their very advanced net run-price in contrast to the multan sultans within the intervening time. secondly, it’s now not quite a extraordinary deal making the playoffs anyways. they would really like to get into the pinnacle  spots and barring islamabad united and quetta gladiators, they may be the satisfactory side to have a sensible risk of doing that. for that they need to win at the least one sport if no longer each their final encounters and want for assist from islamabad and quetta in their final  video video video games.

Babar Azam hits the best six of PSL 2018 so far

Babar Azam has just smashed the best six of the PSL 2018 so far. He hit the shot against Wahab Riaz who has been known for his high pace. This was an extra ordinary shot from Babar. He moved back, exposed his stumps and pumped the ball on the off side. The peshawar zalmi will be up towards the karachi kings in the 27th match of the zero.33 season of the pakistan super league. this recreation will be played on thursday in sharjah. things are interestingly poised inside the decrease 1/2 of the points table, and despite the fact that no longer a number of factors separate the top five factors, it’s vital to word that there are handiest  video games final for all facets bar the multan sultans. the sultans are already performed with their league engagements and their loss at the arms of islamabad united has left them with 9 elements from the 10 games.

 

What this implies is that if the peshawar zalmi side can win each their last  video games, they may end up on 10 elements from their engagements, this is one extra than the multan sultans. with lahore already out, which means a qualification for the playoffs. the alternative way of looking at it’s miles that irrespective of knowing what the zalmis need to do, it’s now not going to be easy.  wins from successive games of which one is that this one that is against the karachi kings, a sturdy crew who’re themselves a win far from qualification. the zalmis’ one of a kind activity can be towards the lahore qalandars, which might be barely much less hard given the display located up thru their warring parties but there’s a catch there. the qalandars don’t have whatever to lose, no pressure in besides, because of this that they’ll be gambling for delight and the zalmis, within the event that they do win in opposition to the kings, might be gambling in a should-win stumble upon.

All said and carried out, the zalmis have made matters tough for themselves and are left with all to play for going into this game. the karachi kings, with 9 points from eight video games, simply need one win to make the playoffs however there are  different scenarios. one, they are capable of make the playoffs although they lose both their final video games, given their very superior internet run-fee in comparison to the multan sultans within the interim. secondly, it’s now not pretty much making the playoffs anyhow. they would really like to get into the pinnacle  spots and barring islamabad united and quetta gladiators, they’re the handiest facet to have a practical threat of doing that. for that they want to win as a minimum one game if not each their final encounters and wish for assist from islamabad and quetta in their final two video games.