Pakistan is staring at political turmoil post-Eid on the back of opposition parties threatening to hit the streets over the ruling Sharif family’s alleged holding of illegal offshore assets, and a growing clamour for the extension of its army chief’s term, due to end this year.
Queering the pitch further for PM Nawaz Sharif is the return of firebrand cleric and Canadian national of Pakistani origin Tahir Qadri, who had held massive sit-ins against the Sharif government at the beginning of his term. He is threatening another strike after Eid to remove Sharif “once and for all”. It is common knowledge that his previous strike was secretly encouraged by powerful elements within the army .
Therefore, while the opposition has filed complaint with the Election Commission seeking Sharif ‘s disqualification over Panama Papers, posters, banners and billboards featuring army chief General Raheel Sharif have cropped up across cities like Islamabad and Karachi, requesting him to “remain” till the complete eradication of militancy and corruption from the country .