Free Nawaz Sharif

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Born 25 December 1949, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is a Pakistani businessman and politician who served for three non-consecutive terms as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, and for two terms as the Chief Minister of Punjab. He was elected as the Chief Minister of Punjab in 1985 and re-elected after the end of martial law in 1988.

In 1990, Sharif led the Islamic Democratic Alliance and became the 12th Prime Minister of Pakistan. After being ousted in 1993, when President Ghulam Ishaq Khan dissolved the National Assembly, Sharif served as the Leader of the Opposition to the government of Benazir Bhutto from 1993 to 1996.

He returned to premiership after the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N) was elected in 1997, and served until his removal in 1999 by military takeover. After serving in prison and exile for more than a decade, he returned to politics in 2011 and led his party to victory for a third time in 2013.

In 2017, Sharif was removed from office by the Supreme Court of Pakistan regarding revelations from a false Panama Papers case. The courts, despite of vigorous investigations couldn't find any corruption of wrong doing on behalf of Nawaz Sharif, but even then In 2018, the Pakistani Supreme Court, under the influence of military establishment  disqualified Sharif from holding public office, and he was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Nawaz Sharif demands respect of vote through his slogan "ووٹ کو عزت دو " or respect the vote. He has been advocating "Civilians Supremacy" in Pakistan, under the Constitution of Pakistan.

Nawaz Sharif is suffering from serious heart ailment and has undergone bypass surgery in the past. He has developed serious heart condition in the jail.  Supreme Court has recently denied a bail petition and we Pakistanis are afraid that living in jail under these conditions can be lethal for him.

We would like to state that Nawaz Sharif is a political prisoner who is fighting for democratic rights of his people, but military establishment with the nexus of Supreme Court is keeping him in prison without a valid case.

We appeal world community to declare Nawaz Sharif as a prisoner of conscience and put pressure on establishment of Pakistan to free him.

His only crime is that he believes in civilians' supremacy under the constitution of Pakistan.

We the people of Pakistan stand with Nawaz Sharif in his struggle for democracy and upholding respect for peoples' democratic mandate.

Please support Nawaz Sharif as you supported Nelson Mandela and get him free immediately !!