If this does not expose the duplicity of the Sharif Brothers, nothing does. It appears the so-called province under fire — Balochistan — is a much safer place than the Punjab of Sharifs as Balochistan was able to hold by-elections today.
UPDATE: Oh, I should have added N.W.F.P. to the title too, as it too will be able to hold by-polls before Punjab…
Sharifs, of course, have used the pathetic excuse of “security situation” to block the polls in the province. Of course the ‘official’ line of PML-N was the blatant lie: “We, the PML-N are all in favor of the by-election. It is the Punjab government that is against it!”
And in a shameful collaboration, the Lahore High Court broke the constitution and delayed polls indefinitely. It must be noted that the attorney for PML-N — oh, sorry — the Punjab government was the son of Justice Khalil Ramday. Now how many think he ‘won’ because he had the stronger argument?
The real reason for the forced delay is of course the ‘secret’ deal with the Saudis which bars Nawaz from running in the elections till end of next year — yes, yes — the same supposedly non-existent 10 year deal he signed with Mush. That clause of the deal is the reason why PML-N has been in no hurry to do away with the 17th amendment.
Now that SC has taken notice, let’s hope they rule in favor of Sheikh Rashid’s petition and force the Election Commission to hold by-elections in Punjab — and SOON!
P.S. I think the Sharif’s are sensing the way SC is headed on this and was the reason why Shahbaz rushed to the lap of Gilani and offered full support to crook Zardari.