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Pakistani police file sedition charges against opposition leaders

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Javed Rana
Press TV, Islamabad

Political temperature has risen in Pakistan after police filed sedition charges against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over comments he made recently criticizing the interference of the military in national politics.

Pakistan's opposition parties particularly Pakistan Muslim League of ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are spearheading a campaign against the country’s powerful military over its perceived dominating role in political and geo-strategic affairs in and outside Pakistan.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan believe that Nawaz Sharif is leading a systematic campaign to discredit military at the behest of Pakistan’s arch rival India. Now the police in eastern city of Lahore has filed a sedition case against ex- Prime Minister together with dozens of others his second tier party leaders.

This comes as the opposition leaders maintain that they are only pressing ahead with implementing the constitution in the country.

Nawaz Sharif was convicted on money laundering charges with 10-years imprisonment last year. He was allowed to leave Pakistan late past year on medical grounds. A trial court has declared him absconder and ordered to confiscate his properties after Sharif declined to return home from London.

Sharif has been in self-exile since November 2019. Now he is spearheading his party’s campaign though social media to dislodge the government over alleged rigging in 2018’s general elections which brought Prime Minister Khan in power.

A coalition of opposition parties have launched an anti-government campaign to build up public pressure on Prime Minister Imran Khan to step down and hold fresh general elections; however, so far the public response to the initial agitation campaign has been lackluster.

Observers here believe that the opposition’s agitation campaign is likely to fail amid the current political conditions in Pakistan. However, they say, if the agitation gains some momentum, the powerful army may prepare the ground for some structural changes in the constitution to introduce presidential system of the government through fresh general elections.

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