At the Crossroads

Above: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam/Photo: UNI

Both the PML (N) and the PPP are in dire straits with the army sharpening its knives. Hope lies in the heir apparents of both parties, Maryam Nawaz and Bilawal Bhutto

By Seema Guha

Accountability courts in Pakistan have been gunning for the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) ever since Nawaz Sharif took a stand against the country’s all-powerful military. But it is not just the PML(N). The Pakistan People’s Party’s Asif Zardari is also facing the heat while fighting his battle in court. Where is all this leading to? Can locking up traditional politicians solve problems of all-pervasive corruption which has seeped into the system? Is it a genuine cleaning-up operation or just a means to get inconvenient people out of the way?

After years of military rule when elected governments could be thrown out, Pakistanis are proud that there has now

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