DNA Exclusive: Analysis Of Nawaz Sharifs Return And Pakistans Dummy Democracy

Once again, Pakistan is going through a tumultuous phase in politics. This time, Pakistan’s former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has returned to the political arena as a game-changer. For nearly the past five years, he had been living in self-imposed exile in London, far from his homeland. However, the situation in Pakistan has suddenly shifted, with changes in the Pakistani military’s disposition, prompting his return. In today’s DNA, Sourabh Raaj Jain shed light on how Sharif is being gradually freed of grave charges and how Pakistan’s army controls the democracy in the islamic nation.

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It was almost certain that Nawaz Sharif would return to Pakistan, especially while his younger brother, Shahbaz Sharif, served as Prime Minister. However, the speed at which this occurred took many by surprise. As Nawaz Sharif set foot on Pakistani soil, he was greeted with a wave of support and enthusiasm. The entire democratic system in Pakistan, under the influence of the Pakistani military, seems to be gradually aligning with Nawaz Sharif’s vision for a more transparent and honest government. The legal cases that led to Nawaz Sharif’s departure are now slowly being dropped, and the Pakistani military has rolled out the red carpet for him, making Imran Khan’s path even more challenging.

Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan on October 21 and held a massive rally in Lahore. Thousands of people attended the rally, including his daughter, Maryam, and his younger brother, Shahbaz Sharif, who is a former Prime Minister of Pakistan. During this rally, Nawaz Sharif alluded to his imminent comeback. The family reunion on the stage and Nawaz Sharif’s impassioned speeches filled with poetry and symbolism sent various signals.

Now that Nawaz Sharif is back in Pakistan, a slow but steady process of exoneration in almost every case is underway. However, Nawaz Sharif is still barred from participating in elections. The PML-N party is hopeful that the courts will eventually lift this ban. It’s no secret that Pakistan operates as a controlled democracy. While many Pakistanis may feel they have a democratic system, the reality is different. Regardless of who is in power in Pakistan, they ultimately work under the influence and direction of the Pakistani military.