New Delhi: This is a paradox of sorts. Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif's downfall will be a reason fpr worry in India. But why is that so?
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz has submitted fake documents and misled the Supreme Court, the joint investigation team which probed the Panamagate graft case against her family has alleged.This means that days ahead are going to be tough for Nawaz Sharif. This probability has left India restless.
On Monday, the six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that probed the Sharif family's business dealings found that his family was living beyond the known means of income and recommended launching a corruption case
In its report submitted to the apex court, the JIT recommended that a corruption case should be filed against Sharif and his sons Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz, as well as daughter Maryam, under the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) ordinance 1999
It also accused that Maryam provided the probe team "fake/falsified documents", which is a criminal offence under Pakistan laws
It is an additional charge against her besides having "assets disproportionate and beyond means of known sources of income"
Maryam is the real and ultimate beneficial owner of the Avenfield apartments. She never declared the ownership of these overseas properties, submitted fake documents and misled the Supreme Court, the JIT said in its report
"It has been proved beyond doubt that Ms Maryam Safdar had been the owner of Avenfield properties,? the JIT stated, adding that the documents submitted by the respondents are "fake and manipulated"
The JIT sent what was presented by Maryam as 'original documents' to the Radley Forensic Document Laboratory in London for examination. After the forensic examination, the laboratory's expert Robert W Radley stated that he identified the type font used to produce both certified declaration as 'Calibri'
Maryam, 43, is being groomed to succeed her father and the charges may seriously impede her ambitions.
However, her fate is closely tied with that of her father who along with the two sons and daughter may face formal corruption case.
Last year, the Panama Papers revealed that three of Prime Minister Sharif's children owned offshore companies and assets not shown on his family's wealth statement. The assets in question include four expensive flats in Park Lane, London
Now if SC actually decides to implement the report then Nawaz Sharif's departure is inevitable. This will have security implications in India too. The change of regime in Islamabad will have new players which may be even worse for Indian interests.
Job of governance and foreign policy matters may be with the army brass in Rawalpindi. This will bring military in the frontline and this in no way suits the Indian interests.
News24Bureau with Agencies