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Ex-Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif Acquitted in Graft Case

The recent acquittal of former PM Nawaz Sharif in a fraud case by the Islamabad High Court is a watershed moment.

The Islamabad High Court’s recent acquittal of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a graft case marks a significant milestone, potentially clearing the way for his participation in the upcoming parliamentary elections slated for February.

Legal Implications and Acquittal:

This development follows the court’s decision to clear Sharif of a 2018 conviction linked to purchasing luxury London apartments, restoring his right to appeal. 

Sharif, a three-time prime minister, had returned to Pakistan after years in self-exile to avoid a 10-year prison sentence tied to corruption charges.

While Sharif’s acquittal, in this case, removes a substantial obstacle, another set of graft charges related to a seven-year sentence must also be addressed concerning establishing a steel mill in 1999. 

His successful appeal last week set a precedent, and he expressed gratitude for Wednesday’s ruling, signaling a potential path toward electoral participation.

Political Implications and Future Plans:

Once liberated from legal constraints, Sharif is anticipated to vie for a seat in the National Assembly, poised to be a significant contender in the upcoming parliamentary elections. 

His return to active political engagement may reshape the landscape, potentially positioning him as a formidable figure.

The political landscape in Pakistan saw the rise of Imran Khan, a former cricket star turned politician, who succeeded Sharif as PM in 2018. 

However, Khan’s recent ousting and subsequent imprisonment on corruption charges have shifted the narrative, allowing Sharif’s potential resurgence.

Imran Khan’s Party and Future Leadership:

Meanwhile, Khan’s party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, is facing internal transitions. 

In light of Khan’s inability to lead due to his conviction, his party nominated Gohar Khan as a candidate for its top post ahead of internal party elections.

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