Out of the three major political forces in the country, two have started their election campaigns for the next elections. Both Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) and Pakistan People\u2019s Party over the past few days conducted a number of gatherings in the turf of rivals. With Pakistan People\u2019s Party Co Chairman Asif Ali Zardari vying for support in Punjab and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif looking to strengthen his party in the province of Sindh. The third major political force i.e. the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for now seems to waiting for the outcome of the Panama Papers case and will decide the future course of action depending upon the nature of the verdict.\r\nPakistan People\u2019s Party has on various occasions questioned the credibility of the 2013 elections. Just a few days ago the PPP Co Chairman Asif Ali Zardari reiterated the rigging allegations and said that the returning officers (ROs) had \u2018managed\u2019 the previous polls. \u2018Last time were in fetters and shackles,\u2019 he said while referring to threats from Taliban militants which didn\u2019t allow the PPP to campaign freely.\r\n\u2018This time, however, we are free, we are in the electoral race,\u2019 Zardari said while addressing his party workers in Lahore. \u2018We will not agree to the posting of ROs for the upcoming elections,\u2019 he added. \u2018The PPP will consult all political parties in order to make sure the elections are transparent.\u2019\r\nReminding workers of the party\u2019s lost glory; Zardari said Lahore used to come to a grinding halt whenever Benazir Bhutto, the slain PPP chairperson, visited the city. \u2018We\u2019ll make it happen again,\u2019 he vowed. \u2018Looking at the passion and vigour of our workers, I can see that we are ready for another term,\u2019 said Zardari whose party had ruled the country between 2008 and 2013 but faced a drubbing in Punjab at the hands of PMLN.\r\nIn response to Zardari\u2019s claim of winning Punjab in the next general elections, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif fired a broadside and asked the PPP to \u2018first clean the Karachi roads that have turned into heaps of garbage\u2019 (a reference to the garbage stricken streets of the metropolis that has become an embarrassing situation for the Sindh government). The Punjab Chief Minister has once again recycled his promises from the 2013 election campaign during which he had claimed to end load-shedding in the province in 6 months; a claim which was labeled as an \u2018emotional\u2019 statement by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif later on. This time the claim is to end load-shedding before the elections begin next year.\r\nOn the other hand Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has labeled the recent exchange of statements between PMLN and PPP \u2018match fixing\u2019 & \u2018noora kushti\u2019.\r\nThe flurry of activity by both parties is also seen as a ploy to build up momentum ahead of the Panama leaks verdict. The verdict is believed to be now close and all eyes are towards the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The general public and the political parties are anxious to see what the Apex Court\u2019s judgment is. If Panama hadn\u2019t happen the election campaign would have been based on performance of all three political parties in their respective provinces but now it seems that a lot hinges on the verdict in the Panama Papers case.\r\nPanama verdict will have major impact on the political campaign for next general elections.