In yet another embarrassing situation in Pakistan – Ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif has been deported from the country, after a stand off which lasted a few hours.
The aircraft from London PK-786 landed in Islamabad early today morning. After a few hours being holed up in the aircraft he was allowed to enter the VIP lounge where some members of security agency presented him an arrest warrant to which after time he agreed and was airlifted to an undisclosed location. barely thirty minutes reports came in that Nawaz Sharif was being deported to Saudi Arabia, being sent via a chartered flight out of the country.
I feel this is yet another embarrassing day for Pakistan again served up by the dictator Musharraf.
A careful analysis shows that Musharraf has played his game very well, according to the order of Supreme Court Nawaz Shairf should be allowed to arrive in Pakistan as a citizen of Pakistan to show his arrival in Pakistan the only piece of evidence is the stamping of his passport at the immigration counter in Islamabad, which was exactly what happened.
following his arrival after immigration to the VIP lounge a number of security agencies then presented him an arrest warrant listing about 4-5 corruption charges, but what I was surprised to see was the fact that it was unsigned and written on a blank sheet of paper (as seen on ARY), granted it was presented by an official but technically it will have no legal weight in any court of law.
Despite the presence of a large number of advisers with Nawaz Sharif he accepted the said warrant and proceeded to exit the airport under the custody of the police officials then bundled into an awaiting helicopter. Nawaz Shairf was of the assumption that we was soon to be flown to some undisclosed jail but instead he was herded into an awaiting aircraft and consequentially deported to Saudi Arabia.
The fact that Nawaz Sharif was deported after his arrival in Pakistan seems to be an entirely different scenario than actually expected and the evil genius won the day. Technically it is my opinion that Musharraf complied with the Supreme Court order ‘allowing Nawaz Sharif into Pakistan’ but he will now plead a new case in front of the Supreme Court. Armed with the famous 10-year deal document where it categorically states a ten year clause Musharraf can argue that in accordance to International Commitments he was forced to send the ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia. The question remains to see if this argument can stand up in court and will be judged independently of any existing case. But whatever be the case it is without doubt that Musharraf did actually pull a cheeky fine cut right between first and second slip with the world watching in bewilderment. Smart move by Musharraf, but I feel he is only barely grasping on to his seat while I sit in bemusement at the thought of watching Benazir Bhutto to have cringed with stomach cramps cursing the army for the millionth time for having taken her for a ride of her life putting a definite blow to her plans for a heroic return into power, while watching the popularity of her arch rival soar into the skies.
Nawaz Sharif may be deported but this game of charades has earned him a bunch load of brownie point amongst the masses. But on the other hand have we forgotten his days of corruption, to glorify him yet again – its without doubt Pakistanis have a short term memory.