There is a bizarre environment in Pakistan that makes Pakistani leaders more vulnerable to diseases while they are in the opposition and convicted.
Although the tradition is older, it was Asif Ali Zardari, the former President of Pakistan, who is the recent embodiment of this tradition. During his years in prison, Zardari remained sick before 2008 when the party took power following the death of Benazir Bhutto, his wife, and he twice served as prime minister of the country.
As soon as he held the reins of the party in 2007, and the government in 2008, Zardari seemed to overcome the illness that perturbed him during all his years during prison.
During his five years as the head of the ruling People’s Party of Pakistan, and more importantly, as the President of Pakistan, it was a coincidence that nobody saw him sneezing.
One explanation could be the daily slaughtering of a black goat at the president’s house, that he might not afford during the days of adversity.
Past is the Present too
The tradition was faithfully observed by the Pakistani leaders across party lines. As soon as they are no more in the government and are convicted for some wrongdoing by the court, they fall sick.
Currently, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s former party boss and three-time prime minister of the country has been sick since the court convicted him.
Who’s Nawaz Sharif!
Nawaz Sharif’s story is the closest depiction of the rise and fall of the princes of the past ages.
He became prime minister of the country thrice, and he was dragged from that prestigious chair thrice. Every time a premature departure.
In 1993, he was removed from power on corruption charges; in 1999, just two years after his assuming the power, he was not only removed but banished by Pervez Musharaf. Apparently, the reason for removing an elected prime minister was that he had dared to change the flight route of the military general, Musharraf. Well, it is the dilemma of the democracies in the third-world countries.
What Happened in 2017
After remaining almost a decade in exile, the fortune smiled on Nawaz Sharif in 2008, before turning its back again in 2017.
The year 2017 was the year of doom and free fall for the ever-ascending Nawaz Sharif since his return to Pakistan during the declining days of Musharraf.
In 2008 elections, Nawaz Sharif grabbed hold of Punjab, the largest province in the country; and in 2013, he took the majority and became the third-time PM.
It was only a year before he could boast of being the first-ever PM to complete the five-year tenure, Nawaz was dragged on the floor, the third time.
No wonder he is sick nowadays!
It is the irony of the fate that whether the politicians reign while they are in power or the illness reigns over them while they are no more at the helm.
Nawaz Sharif is in London nowadays as he was allowed by the courts to go on bail on medical grounds. However, although many weeks have passed, Nawaz Sharif was not even admitted to any hospital there.
This worried the medical health board that was formed to assess Sharif’s health condition. It decided to recall him last week as he did not meet the necessary criteria for staying, and had exceeded his bail time.
Now, Nawaz Sharif, the three-time prime minister of Pakistan, has been declared absconder for violating bail-terms.
There are various other examples in Pakistan that suggests how the loss of power affects the immune systems of Pakistani leaders.