Can the House of Sharif Survive in Pakistan?

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has once again been elected the head of his political party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. Sharif was forced to resign from the party’s leadership after the country’s top court found him guilty in the Panama Papers corruption scandal.

A week ago, Sharif’s political party, which is also in power at the federal level, passed an amendment to the constitution that paved the way for his return to the party’s top spot.

While Sharif has vowed to strengthen the role of civilian institutions in the country, for many, his return to politics is only meant to rescue his dwindling political dynasty, which is being challenged in a number of ways. However, the important question remains: how does Sharif plan to rescue this political dynasty when the core circle of his political organization is being isolated through a sustained accountability drive?