Pressure has been mounting on Pakistan government as beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif seems to be loosing grip on internal matter. Pakistan has already been isolated at the international forum aftermath of surgical strikes carried out by Indian Army across LoC in PoK. The civilian government has been facing criticism from opposition leaders over its “soft stand” towards India whereas there is pressure from close allies like the US, Russia to rein in terror elements in the country. It is caught in a Catch-22 situation. More misery was inflicted by country’s Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali who on Thursday lashed out at Nawaz Sharif government. In a hard-hitting blatant statement, Jamali took a dig at the Pakistani establishment, saying there is monarchy in the name democracy and bad governance under the garb of good governance in the country, a media report said.
Jamali, who is currently serving as the 24th Chief Justice of Pakistan since 2015, made the remark during hearing of a case pertaining to construction of Metro train project in Lahore. The project has already received a lot of flak from the opposition especially Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for allegedly neglecting the ‘real’ needs of the people and spending humongous amounts of budget on the issue. The project also came under scrutiny earlier after reports of alleged corruption and embezzlement surfaced. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has also expressed concern over the routes of the project.
This otherwise an ordinary court affair has underlined the public opinion which is clearly against the Pakistan government. Yet, the all powerful military establishment of country has been given free hand to aid attacks in Kashmir. Pakistan has this incorrigible habit of poking into India’s internal affairs even as it has been failing to pacify its own citizen.