Onslaught on Judiciary: Who is Next?

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Hafeez Khan

Politics on issues in its conventional form is over in Pakistan. It now revolves around false videos, audios, and sensational lies

The poison well seems to be without a bottom. It continues to spew regularly keeping the political discourse vitriolic. Rumours always play a role in politics, but rarely have these twisted minds been so corrosive to any institution that dares to cross their path. This huge aberration of lies continues to be regularly enacted by productions.
Shameless deceit and manipulation have become the order of the day. Producer, director, and lead actor Maryam Nawaz seems to be performing with a straight face: without any qualms.
Some may call it a narcissistic personality disorder. Such personalities display a high sense of self-importance only to mask low self-esteem. Termed as NPD, these individuals display intense and fluctuating emotions. They have excessive concerns with prestige, power, and personal adequacy.
Viewed by outsiders, their actions are selfish, manipulative, and demanding. They have difficulty empathizing with others’ feelings or needs. In reality, such behaviour stems from a need to cover up deep feelings of insecurity. All you have to do is to follow the latest dramas unfolding on our national scene.
It is reflected in many utterings around us that are followed by a well-orchestrated chorus. Maryam’s stance is usually put forward by her well-greased media lackeys; said to be enriched by PML (N)’s largesse.
Machiavelli would be turning in his grave. He has been outdone in every segment of political deceit and lies. Recounting the lies churned out by PML (N) in the last ten years would fill a book. Let us analyse what motivates this Nawaz-Maryam combine. Since his political birth, Nawaz Sharif quickly understood the importance of establishment for his political career. He was anointed by a military dictator using a Governor House server’s Turban.
He stuck to the winning formula: kowtow to leadership, and line-up the “flexible” judiciary; leading to prime minister-ship. Hapless voters could be swayed and manipulated through a well-oiled media machine. Anti-PPP vote bank was his natural constituency. It would provide him with the necessary Parliamentarians. Once in power, he milked the national exchequer for self-enrichment. He doled out bags of money to media and opinion-makers to stay in power.
Once in power, he would use his bully pulpit to bring in line those who dare oppose him. It is borne out by the attack on the Supreme Court or the unceremonious departure of an Army Chief. Those he could not coerce, he attempted bribe. Example: suitcases full of money flown to Quetta by a former Judge to bribe his brethren. His various stints in power in Punjab and the centre were used to loot and launder and consolidate his grip on power. He spent government money to pay off his sycophants and reward personal loyalty; not competence. It is a simple straight line for a narcissist who cares for himself.
Once we comprehend Nawaz-Maryam’s behaviour pattern, it becomes easier to understand what is happening on the national scene. Post-Panama, he ran out of luck on both fronts that always propelled him to power. The Army Chief and the Chief Justice refused to be subservient and kowtow to his wishes. A huge thorn was already embedded into him in the shape of PM IK. His and his family’s plunder got exposed that finally led to his conviction. He was able to weasel his way out of the country with the levers of PML (N) left in the hands of brother Shahbaz and his chosen successor Maryam.
They have divvied up their roles quite effectively. Shahbaz conducts the Parliamentary politics and Maryam leads the dirty tricks brigade of disruption and misinformation. Politics on issues and programs in its conventional form is over in Pakistan. It now revolves around false videos, audios, and sensational lies. After consistently attacking the Army without success, their focus has now shifted to bullying the judiciary. Evil schemes are being hatched to discredit the judges through minions who have sold their souls.
Maryam and her coterie are shamelessly disrespecting and discrediting the judiciary through false affidavits and cooked-up audios. It is all in prep to derail the judicial process ready to hear their appeals against the convictions of Nawaz and Maryam. Simultaneously, widespread corruption in the media world has come to light. Maryam who had previously denied the “dirty tricks den” aka media cell, finally owned it. She and Ahsan Iqbal admitted to using Government money to buy journalists who were willing to sell their souls. These are chargeable offences.
Maryam and Nawaz consider themselves above the law. Rightly so. Despite tons of evidence against the Sharif family these cases are stalled and have lingered for years. It is incomprehensible and it raises serious doubts why this is happening. Are the prosecutors and NAB totally incompetent, or are they in cahoots with the Sicilian Mafia making a play to run out the time clock of PM IK? What is stopping day-to-day hearings?
It appears our crumbling system has lost its teeth entirely. Has the bag of dirty tricks, so capably deployed by Maryam, paralysed those whose duty is to dispense justice? We have a stellar example of China in how they mete out justice to their corrupt. I have seen the impact of the NAB equivalent KPK dispense justice, and recover the loot in Indonesia. All it requires is the WILL TO LET JUSTICE PREVAIL.