Supreme Court of Pakistan on last Friday, dismissed Nawaj Sharif for not declaring monthly salary of roughly $2,700 from Dubai-based Capital FZE — a company owned by his son — during 2006 to 2014. The judicial body based its decision on Article 62 of the Constitution and Section 99 of the Representation of the People Act — little-used legislation that require truthfulness and honesty from elected officials.
Political Landscape post Nawaj Sharif
Moeed Yusuf, associate vice president, Asia Center, United States Institute of Peace, says, “Sharif’s allies have already started bringing charges against their political opponents under the same article; other such cases are sure to follow.”
Strategists have warned that application of vague laws such as Article 62 used to remove Sharif could trigger infighting between political parties.
Army retains its role of Puppeteer
The army gains by discrediting the civilian government. A weakened and humiliated civilian government ensures that public support for the armed forces will remain high as it emerges, once again, as the more competent and powerful institution.
Governance in Pakistan
Governance in Pakistan will be hit the hardest. Policy paralysis will prevail as the politicians will be busy protecting their turf and interest. Though Pak Army is unlikely to stage a coup at this stage for the fear of international backlash, but it will surely try to put its own stooge and that will surely vitiate the atmosphere.
Overall the situation is not favourable to India.