The three major political parties in the country, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have indulged in a war of words after the Panama Papers case verdict by the Apex Court. Leaders of all three parties in the past couples of days have alleged each other of corruption. Be it the members of the parliament or members of provincial assemblies, all leaders of the three parties have been taking jibes at other parties.
Interestingly, in the wake of the Panama Papers case verdict it was expected that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will form some form of alliance to build pressure on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. However despite the common demand of Prime Minister’s resignation, the situation has not panned out as suggested with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) involved in war of words.
On the other hand PPP and PMLN have also been involved in a war of words with leaders of both parties accusing each other of corruption. After the demand of Prime Minister’s resignation by the PPP, PMLN leaders have also taken PPP leadership to task and labeled the party ‘corrupt’. Addressing a rally in Dadu on Saturday Imran had announced to ‘go after’ Asif Ali Zardari, ‘My war on Sharif is continuing. Now Zardari, I am coming after you in Sindh. I will no longer let the people be fooled by reconciliation between the PPP and PML-N.’
It is pertinent to mention here that PTI Chief Imran Khan has for long labeled PMLN and PPP of being on the same page and deceiving people (a charge denied by PPP, who claims that there policy is that of reconciliation). However, with elections approaching it seems that PPP has decided to give up its policy of reconciliation and has gone on the offensive against PMLN. Developments over the past few days have made it clear that the political temperature will rise further in the coming days.