Corruption: Nawaz Sharif Faces 10-Year Imprisonment. Corruption Increasing in India

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (file photo). Courtesy: Pakistan PM Office
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (file photo). Courtesy: Pakistan PM Office

The case in Pakistan should be a lesson for Indian courts to take decisive steps to stop increasing political and bureaucratic corruption in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s regime.

By Rakesh Raman

Former Pakistan Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10.6 million on corruption charges. A Pakistani court ordered the sentence on Friday, serving a major blow to his party Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) days ahead of the general elections scheduled for July 25.

Last year, when Pakistan’s Supreme Court had disqualified him over corruption allegations against his family members, Sharif had resigned from his post.

The Supreme Court ruled that Sharif is not fit to hold office and ordered a criminal investigation against him and his family members involved in corruption. The court had also decided to disqualify Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.


Corruption in India

The sorry plight of Indians indicates that India has already become a politically unstable banana republic with rampant lawlessness, corruption, and exploitation of the ordinary citizens. It is expected that soon India will formally appear in the list of banana republics such as Botswana, Guatemala, Nigeria, Zambia, and Cuba.

If the situation is not controlled immediately, it is expected that soon international sanctions will be imposed on India because of government’s failure to stop increasing crime and corruption in the country.

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Sharif’s disqualification was ordered when an investigation following the 2015 Panama Papers leak found that his children have stashed away corruption money in offshore companies.

A cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan had given a call for protest against massive corruption in Pakistan. The Islamabad protest had targeted Nawaz Sharif.

Khan – who heads Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party – said that Nawaz Sharif and his family figured in the Panama Papers leak that revealed the details of corrupt global leaders.

The National Accountability Bureau, Pakistan’s anti-corruption court, also has convicted Sharif’s daughter Maryam to seven-year and his son-in-law Muhammad Safdar to one-year imprisonment.

Sharif and his accused family members – who are currently in London – are expected to return to Pakistan to defend their cases. They have 10 days to file their appeals in the court.

Meanwhile, Imran Khan is gaining people’s support as he is exposing political corruption in his public rallies. “People are ready and eager for change and an end to corruption,” Imran Khan said Friday.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society.

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