To be, or not to be: that is the question


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There comes a time in the life of every writer when he feels helpless to describe or truly depict a particular situation for the understanding or appreciation of his readers. For one Nawaz Sharif’s present dilemma has brought one to face such a situation. Look at this: Nawaz Sharif has been dismissed and thrown out of the Prime Ministers House for the third time.

The superior judiciary had always come to the aid of Nawaz Sharif and his family in the past whenever they were in financial or political troubles and there were many. Supreme Court restored his dismissed government in 1993 though he was again forced to leave the office along with the President to end the political crisis.

In 1997 he came back to the Prime Minister’s House with a heavy mandate. However instead of solving problems of the nation he started unnecessary fights with the President, Chief Justice of Pakistan and the Chief of Army Staff. He sent them home disgracefully to satisfy his insatiable lust for power. Finally, he was booted out of the Prime Minister’s House by his own appointed Chief of Army Staff General Pervez Musharraf in 1999.

Nawaz Sharif returned home in 2007 from exile. Supreme Court again gave him relief, rescinded his conviction and allowed him to contest the 2013 general election and become the Prime Minister of Pakistan for the third time.

The tragedy of the pampered, the prince of Pakistan, today is that he has been disqualified from taking part in politics or hold public office most probably for life, he, his three children, son in law and father in law of his daughter and former finance minister will soon be facing criminal charges in an accountability court for which they have to get bail before arrest from the court.

Some senior advisors are reported to have advised him not to shift his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif Chief Minister Punjab to Islamabad as Prime Minister and let Shahid Khaqan Abbasi remain prime minister for next seven to ten months as PML-N would not be able to win many seats from Punjab in the 2018 general elections which is the base of their vote bank without Shahbaz Sharif at the helm of affairs in the country’s most populated province. They argue-PML-N won 2013 general election without having its Prime Minister at the Centre.

To some Nawaz Sharif, ‘the prince of Pakistan’, is in such a fix which only Shakespeare can describe as under:

To be, or not to be: that is the question:

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,