Invisible hands appear to be at work to manipulate the forthcoming election in Pakistan. The judiciary has sped up work on corruption cases pending against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s family and senior leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), ahead of upcoming polls.
The Supreme Court on Sunday directed the country’s accountability court to decide the pending cases by July 10, which is just two weeks prior to the general election scheduled for July 25.
Leaders of PML-N contesting the forthcoming ballots, including the party president, face corruption cases in the court and the National Accountability Bureau. An adverse judgment could see the entire leadership of the party disqualified.
PML-N supremo Sharif is already barred from holding public office. His daughter Maryam Nawaz, who is contesting a seat in Lahore, is being prosecuted in a trial court, while her spouse Capt. Safdar also been tied to a case in the