PM Nawaz Sharif gets special report ‘unveiling conspiracy’

A special report has been submitted to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the so-called conspiracy allegedly being hatched against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government.

Besides delineating the political situation evolving in the wake of the Joint Investigation Team’s report submitted to the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Panama Papers case, the report also lists down main elements of the ‘conspiracy’ and proposes a three-tiered strategy for the PML-N government to tackle it, Daily Times report.

Sources close to the PM revealed to the paper that the summary, parts of which are said to be in possession of Daily Times, hints at the identity of those behind the ‘conspiracy’ against the government.

The report carries information on what it calls ‘comprehensive strategy’ that the ‘movers and shakers are chalking out’ against the government.

It informs the PM about key tactics that will be used in coming days and weeks. These include country-wide rallies in support of the JIT and the Supreme Court in order to mount pressure on the PM to resign. It makes special mention of political parties that will be ‘managed’ for taking out these rallies. These parties, as per the report, include Pak Sar Zameen Party (PSP), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT). The report mentions that components of the Difa-e-Pakistan Council have also been ‘managed’ to provide support for street agitation.

The report says that the “anti-PM campaign/agitation would be intensified to create volatile/ugly scenes so as the situation gets to the point of being out of control”. The option of staging sit-ins or holding demonstrations in front of the PM House will also be explored, it adds.

The recent volley of ‘electables’, who have joined the PTI, has also been attributed as part of the same ‘conspiracy.’ PTI would be further strengthened by ‘roping more electables [SIC] into its fold and a study of such potential figures is being carried out’, it holds.

Further, the report cites efforts towards creation of a forward block in PML-N. “Disgruntled party leaders as well as many erstwhile PML-Q elements who joined PML-N are learnt to be holding meetings in this regard,” the text says.

On Friday, Daily Times reported that a forward block in the PML-N was in the making, and some 40 party leaders had already expressed interest.

The report also suggests strategies to the PM for tackling ‘this conspiracy’. In addition to the need for maintaining unity within the party ranks to block defections and prevent ‘snowball effects’, it proposes that the government may keep allies on its side and they should be encouraged to come forward for government’s defense.

The text also suggests that the government may actively engage some of opposition political parties in order ‘to deny intrigue-mongers any opportunity to effect [sic] their designs’. The report specifically names PPP, Awami National Party (AWP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) in this regard.

The PM is also advised to launch a ‘vibrant campaign on print, electronic and social media to highlight achievements of the government’ as well as to ‘discredit the JIT report’. Also included in the proposed strategy is the need for chalking out ‘an elaborate administrative plan to deal with anti-government agitation/protests, particularly in Islamabad to avoid untoward situation’.

The report emphasizes that the government must avail all legal forums in order ‘to contest the case(s) according to laws of the country’.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments starting from July 20 on the 275-page JIT report which recommends the matter of PM Sharif and his family be referred to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

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