As Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif breathed a sigh of relief in response to the Supreme Court verdict on the Panamagate case that allowed him to continue in office by the narrowest of margins, the nation took to Twitter to express its reaction.
Just two hours before the Supreme Court of Pakistan announced the verdict, PM Nawaz’s daughter Maryam Nawaz said she’s “amazed and humbled” by the “overwhelming support” for the prime minister.
“Whatever the verdict, I'm amazed and humbled to see the overwhelming support for Nawaz Sharif. For a leader, that’s the most prized possession,” the premier’s daughter tweeted.
After the verdict, which allowed PM to stay in power pending a probe by a JIT, Maryam Nawaz took to Twitter to thank her father's supporters. In the pictures she posted, the PM was seen hugging his younger brother, Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif.
Praise & glory be to Allah alone. Shukrana & mubariks 😍 pic.twitter.com/yM92bIJJoc— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) April 20, 2017
Some questioned why PML-N was celebrating, seeing that the verdict did not clear the Sharif family of corruption.
Not one judge found Nawaz Sharif innocent. Why is PMLN celebrating? https://t.co/ATnCmFqlYK— Farooq (@frooq) April 20, 2017
Some pointed out how it was a favourable result for the PML-N despite the JIT probe.
Other didn't think as much.
A sitting prime minister will now appear before a JIT that will have, among others, members of Military Intelligence and ISI. #PanamaCase— Syed Talat Hussain (@TalatHussain12) April 20, 2017
Now does everyone get why the PPP did not go to court? #PanamaCase The N better wake up. Now the people will begin their own trial— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) April 20, 2017
PPP politicians had some strong views, claiming the verdict shows the SC has a bias towards the PML-N.
Our opinion that Judiciary has different standards 4 PPP & others has stands vindicated. Strong Judicial Commission wud b better than JIT— Senator Saeed Ghani (@SaeedGhani1) April 20, 2017
Shahbaz Taseer summed up the situation pretty well.
Prior to the verdict, the nation took to Twitter to express their views.
The wait was real..
Some took the opportunity to continue to troll PML-N.
Some brought in a touch of Bollywood, while others had no hope
...and then there were loyalists
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