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Nawaz Sharif - The sunken crown of Pakistan
The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine. And your deeds come home to roost one day. This is the rule of nature. No one could escape these realities.

Just few hours before, Pakistan's Supreme Court delivered a historic ruling – the removal of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office over accusations of corruption. And it is likely to shift the country's tumultuous political balance. This order of the Supreme Court will deal a serious blow to the legacy of a man who helped define the past generation of Pakistani politics. Nawaz was serving his third term in office.

The announcement was made by the five-member bench of the Supreme Court. This verdict brings down curtains to a year of high political drama, numerous court proceedings and a post-mortem of the finances of the entire Nawaz clan. According to Pakistan watchers, the judgment has, if not overt, but covert backing of powerful army generals.

The charges against Sharif and three of his children, two sons and a daughter were stemmed from disclosures last year in the Panama Papers, which revealed that the children owned expensive residential properties in London through a string of offshore companies. In their ruling on Friday, the justices also ordered the opening of criminal investigations against the Sharif family. Despite repeated court exhortations, Sharif's family and its lawyers failed to provide satisfactory documentation, the justices said. Several of the documents they produced were declared fake or insufficient.

Nawaz Sharif has a checkered political past. In 1990, Sharif was ushered into power as head of the Pakistan Muslim League. He was dismissed by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan in 1993. The Supreme Court eventually deemed his dismissal unconstitutional, but Sharif later resigned under pressure from Pakistan's powerful military. Again he was elected in 1997 and within 28 months, a military coup ended his term after he fired the army chief, General Pervez Musharraf.

After spending seven years in exile a deal was brokered by the Saudi royal family and Sharif returned to Pakistan in 2007. He was later cleared of criminal charges by Supreme Court and deemed eligible to run for office. Sharif was again elected prime minister in 2013. He was tried on corruption charges after the 2016 Panama Papers revealed that his children owned expensive homes in London through a string of offshore companies.

The Sunken Crown –by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Nothing will hold him longer—let him go;

Let him go down where others have gone down;

Little he cares whether we smile or frown,

Or if we know, or if we think we know.

The call is on him for his overthrow,

Say we; so let him rise, or let him drown.

Poor fool! He plunges for the sunken crown,

And we—we wait for what the plunge may show.
Well, we are safe enough.
Why linger, then?

The watery chance was his, not ours.
Poor fool!

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