History was repeated on Friday morning. He also became the first prime minister who was elected thrice but couldn’t complete even a single term. Although the apex court reinstated him, he agreed to quit along with the president under pressure from the military command. He was also the Federal Minister of Commerce in the Yousaf Raza Gillani cabinet. During the course of the investigation as well, the army has refused to take a stand. However, a Dawn report pointed out that the army is keeping a close watch over the developments.
His lawyers have denied it and assured that his wealth came from his career as a champion.
Later, another ex-bureaucrat, Iskandar Mirza, conspired with the military to replace the old and ailing governor general. “Come celebrate today with Pakistan its #YaumETashakur” (Day of gratitude), had called on the PTI on his Twitter account. All this happened in a span of less than seven years. He was arrested and remained in jail for two years. Daughter Maryam does not hold public office, while his brother Shahbaz Sharif, the current chief minister of Punjab province, holds only a provincial seat.
Ghulam Ishaq Khan, who had replaced Gen Zia after his death in a mysterious plane crash, used it to dismiss both Benazir Bhutto and Sharif before the military forced him to also call it a day.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has remained loyal to his political master ever since.
The Pakistan army has not officially reacted so far.
“Shehbaz Sharif has a proven record of carrying out mega-development projects in Punjab and delivering what the common man wants”. Back then, the names of Ghulam Ishaq Dar and Shahbaz Sharif were doing the rounds. Pakistan’s Election Commission will issue the date for the polls on July 28.
“(Ever since Independence) Pakistan’s political class is on one side and the middle class -which fills the state apparatus, including civil and military bureaucracy and the judiciary – on the other.
“This is not just a political game, but the battle of a nation against a mafia corrupt”.