Democracy in Pakistan will weaken under new Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, said experts on Friday. Shahbaz was appointed Prime Minister on Friday after Pakistan’s Supreme Court delivered its verdict in Panama gate and disqualified Nawaz Sharif to remain Pakistan Prime Minister for acquiring illegal offshore assets and lying to the nation.
Nawaz appointed Shahbaz in an attempt to face the challenge and remain politically relevant. But, experts and observers feel that Shahbaz’s appointment will weaken civilian rule in the nation. One has to keep fingers crossed whether democracy survives in Pakistan or not.
Talking exclusively to ANI over phone, Harsh V. Pant- Distinguished Fellow and Head of Strategic Studies at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, and Professor of International Relations at King’s College, London- said, “The disqualification of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by the nation’s Supreme Court will further weaken the democracy and the civilian government in Pakistan and will give another chance to the country’s Army to assert its power and control over the government.” He said Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had become weak ever since the Panamagate scandal surfaced.
On the possible impact of Indo-Pak relations, he said, “The event of Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification was well anticipated and will not have any major impact on Indo-Pak relations as the Pakistani politicians, whether it’s the ruling class or the opposition, and the Military share the same anti India agenda. Kashmir is a rallying point for all of them with the Army as focal point. And, the Army had been dictating the India policy for quite some time already”.
It will also unlikely to have any impact on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, because Pakistan has already militarised it and Pak Army has already announced its intention to safeguard the Chinese interest in CPEC, he added.
Major General (Retired) Shashi Asthana, Chief Instructor, USI of India, and former Additional Director General of the Infantry, told ANI, “It is sensational news, but from an Indian point of view, it is of little significance.”
He also said that Sharif’s disqualification will not have any major impact on Indo-Pak relations, as Pakistan’s politicians, whether the ruling party or the opposition and the military share the same anti-India agenda.
Major General (Retired) D.K.Mehta, another defence expert, said, “This is all an orchestration of the army which is controlling the judiciary also, and that’s why when the Pakistan Supreme Court appointed a JIT against Nawaz Sharif with regard to the Panama Gate scandal, they included Pakistan Army officers.”
While welcoming Pakistan Supreme Court‘s decision to disqualify country’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Panamagate corruption case, Dr. Satish Misra, Senior Journalist and Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, stressed that, “ Democracy in Pakistan faces a major challenge. In Pakistan, the democracy has never been given a fair chance to bloom or prosper as it has to operate under the shadow of the Armed Forces particularly that of the Army. The Army is an all powerful and an omnipotent institution.”
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