The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has scheduled a crucial hearing for an application against PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif. The application, which accuses Sharif of delivering anti-judiciary speeches, is set for a hearing on November 15. This legal battle has been pending since 2018 and is now poised to take center stage.
The IHC’s Chief Justice will preside over the hearing, adding an element of significance to the proceedings. This case has gained prominence, particularly in the wake of Nawaz Sharif’s return to Pakistan on October 21, effectively ending his four-year self-imposed exile in London. Sharif’s homecoming aligns with the country’s trajectory toward high-stakes general elections slated for the upcoming year, setting the stage for a compelling political showdown.
Ahead of his return, Sharif was granted protective bail in two graft cases, and arrest warrants in another case were suspended, effectively facilitating a smooth re-entry into the country.
Simultaneously, PTI Chairman Imran Khan expressed his condemnation of what he referred to as the “complete collapse of the justice system.” Khan asserted that Nawaz Sharif’s return to Pakistan was the execution of a London “agreement.” In a statement issued on October 24 and shared through his family, Khan emphasized the severity of the situation, stating, “My Pakistanis! In the last few days, we have witnessed a total mockery of the law. All that is happening today is not just an execution of a London ‘plan’ but a London ‘agreement’ that was signed between a cowardly fugitive & corrupt criminal and his facilitators.”
Imran Khan lamented the relief granted to the PML-N leader, asserting, “The only way a convicted criminal could be allowed to return to politics with a clean chit is by destroying state institutions. And hence, what we are witnessing is a complete collapse of our justice system.”
As the legal battle against Nawaz Sharif gains momentum, it is clear that this case holds significant implications for Pakistan’s political landscape and its judicial system. The upcoming hearing on November 15 will be closely watched by the nation, as it may provide critical insights into the future of the PML-N supremo and the broader political dynamics of the country.