OPINION | Imran Khan’s First Defeat in The Game of Thrones
The next few months will decide the fate of Sharifs, the future of Imran Khan's politics & the sentiments PTI Voters will have for the Establishment.
19th Nov, 19 – Making this date significant in Pakistani Politics, Nawaz Sharif has left for London to get medical treatment.
This ‘flight’ was planned quite a while ago and it started when Islamabad High Court gave “bail” to a convicted criminal on health grounds. According to legal experts, this itself was a new thing to happen, as ‘convicted criminals’ never get temporary bails, they are temporarily released in exceptional cases on ‘paroles’.
Next, the ball came in the court of PM Imran Khan when Nawaz Sharif requested Federal Govt to remove his name from the ECL which Imran Khan refused to do so without a surety bond. Yet again, the Sharifs were rescued by another court i.e Lahore High Court, who, for the first time in the history, allowed a convicted criminal, to travel abroad WITHOUT any financial security.
The rumor birds suggest, the next person to fly abroad would be Maryam Nawaz Sharif and a similar route will be adopted if Imran Khan again will NOT remove her name from ECL unconditionally.
Being very fair to Imran Khan, he never wanted this all. He never wanted Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad. He wished and wishes for worse lawful punishments for Sharif, Zardaris and company. But let’s be honest, he does not have the power to do so.
It’s quite obvious that “Remove Nawaz’s Name from ECL” was the first “Wish/Order” by COAS which Imran Khan REFUSED to act upon.
And It’s quite obvious that the Establishment made it clear to Imran Khan that they DO NOT need the PM to get what they want, they do have the courts for that.
Imran Khan didn’t ask his ministers to cover up the corruption of PMLN & PPP. Imran Khan didn’t influence NAB to end their cases. Imran Khan didn’t allow NS to travel abroad.
Imran Khan didn’t give anyone NRO. The Establishment did! Imran Khan will not give NRO to Maryam. The Establishment would!
Today marks Imran Khan’s first major defeat in the Game of Thrones, where he couldn’t manage to convince the establishment, that the process of accountability is vital for Pakistan & it would lose credibility if Nawaz Sharif travels abroad.
Today, PM Imran Khan should now understand that this matter has gone out of his hands. If Sharifs have brokered a deal with the Establishment, they will get the deal, NO MATTER how frustrating it gets for him.
From here, PM Imran Khan can pick from three paths:
1. The Path of Zardari: Not bothering about any establishment & loot the country.
2. The Path of Sharif: Picking a fight with the most honorable institution of the Army.
3. The path of performance.
NOW, Khan should only focus on what is completely, entirely and solely in HIS hands: “Reforms”. Health, Education, Legal, Social, Environmental, Agricultural, Industrial & All Reforms.
I have no doubt, personally, on Imran Khan’s honesty and determination. I staunchly believe he does want to make Pakistan a Welfare State. But it’s time Khan starts looking upon his mistakes which are obstacles in the way of public satisfaction. Its time PM.should reconsider appointments like Usman Buzdar, Mehmood Khan, Yasmin Rashid & many more.
Lastly, I being an extremely optimistic patriot have no reason to believe that after letting the courts completely expose the corrupt house of Sharif, the Establishment has any reason to protect Maryam or Nawaz for 2023 or later future. I don’t see Establishment ever trusting them again. They shouldn’t be at least.
So if the reason behind allowing Nawaz & Maryam to travel abroad, is to get rid of them politically & to let Khan govern in peace, then NOT A ‘VERY BAD’ move. But this is only my wish or a fool’s dream you may say until we actually see Nawaz & Maryam disassociating themselves from politics in the coming months.
The next few months will decide the fate of Sharifs, the future of Imran Khan’s politics & the sentiments PTI Voters will have for the Establishment.
Till then, hoping, WHATEVER happens, happens for the betterment of Pakistan!