After months of championing the cause of accountability for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family over revelations that emerged earlier this year in the so-called Panama Papers, Pakistanis will now brace for the final verdict over the leaks from the country’s apex court in Islamabad. The leak, which had become a rallying cry for the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, managed to polarize the ruling government and the opposition, fomenting considerable political instability internally. To the relief of many, however, the Supreme Court will now decide the fate of those who are to be held accountable for offshore holdings.
Hamzah Rifaat was a 2016 South Asian Voices Visiting Fellow at the Stimson Center and has represented Pakistan as a member of the CTBTO Youth Initiative of 2016 in Vienna.
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