Nawaz Sharif to get sympathy votes because of "Stockholm Syndrome"

Kamran Stu

MPA (400+ posts)
Our nation has a condition called "Stockholm Syndrome"

What is it?

Stockholm syndrome, psychological response wherein a captive begins to identify closely with his or her captors, as well as with their agenda and demands.

The name of the syndrome is derived from a botched bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden. In August 1973 four employees of Sveriges Kreditbank were held hostage in the bank’s vault for six days. During the standoff, a seemingly incongruous bond developed between captive and captor. One hostage, during a telephone call with Swedish Prime Minister, stated that she fully trusted her captors but feared that she would die in a police assault on the building.

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Nawaz Sharif to get sympathy votes because of court verdict

Ashfaq Ahmed, Deputy Editor — UAE

The political dynamics in Pakistan are changing faster than expected in the lead-up to the July 25 general elections.
One event that would have an impact on the elections is the conviction of Nawaz Sharif. The three-time prime minister has been sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment on charges of “corruption”. His daughter Maryam Nawaz, who has been pitched as his political heir and a potential prime minister, has also been sentenced to seven years for “abetment” after she was found to be “instrumental in concealing the properties of her father”. She has also been disqualified from contesting the elections.


The special National Accountability Court announced the verdict in absentia after a nine-month trial on the reference filed by Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Sharif and his daughter are in London tending to Sharif’s ailing wife, Kulsoom Nawaz.The case stemmed from the so-called Panama Papers leak that revealed undeclared luxury properties owned by the Sharif family in London since 1993. The four flats are in Avenfield House on London’s Park Lane. The Panama Papers leak in 2015 showed that Sharif’s children had links to offshore companies, which were allegedly used to channel funds and buy foreign assets.

Some analysts and political groups close to the establishment believe that “it is all over for Sharif”, but I believe that the Sharifs are very much in the game and would derive more strength from this court verdict. He would surely gain a “sympathy” vote and his party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, will fare well in the elections.

This is not the first time that a dissenting politician has been sent to prison on corruption charges. But it is the first time that the onus of proof has been shifted to the accused instead of the prosecution. The court’s decision is based on the accused’s inability to prove his innocence rather than prosecution proving the defendant guilty. So it may be thrown out in the appeals court.

The verdict may have come as a blessing in disguise for the Sharifs. Though the situation presents a serious challenge to the PML-N and the establishment, Sharif is likely to have the last laugh. Pakistani voters are very emotional people, who believe that their leaders are being victimised by the establishment whenever they come under fire.

Some years ago, one of the most reviled politicians in the country Asif Zardari formed the government in Pakistan. He became the country’s president too, after his wife and Pakistan Peoples Party Chairperson Benazir Bhutto was assassinated just before the 2008 elections sheerly on the strength of a massive sympathy wave.

The timing of the verdict ahead of the election shows that some ‘unseen forces’, as Sharif claimed, are working against him to keep him and his family out of politics. The public deserves to ask the question what happened to the other more than 400 accused in the Panamagate scandal. Why didn’t the NAB bring charges against them? What about other politicians and bureaucrats who have properties, business and investment outside Pakistan?

Symbol of resistance

The verdict against Sharif has given a sudden boost to the PML-N’s lacklustre election campaign. His brother Shahbaz Sharif kickstarted the campaign, but PML-N supporters were waiting for Sharif to come from London to revive the campaign with his speeches. If the elections are impartial and transparent, it would be almost impossible to defeat PML-N in Punjab and the PPP in Sindh.

Now, the PML-N will become a symbol of resistance and its prospects will increase with Sharif’s return. PML-N supporters at the grassroots level are convinced that their leaders are being victimised through the NAB and courts. The party would definitely win the largest province — Punjab — with a clear majority, even if Sharif and his daughter stay behind bars.
The verdict against Sharif does not mean that Imran Khan or Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would make a clean sweep of the elections. It will not be an easy ride especially for Imran although he has given tickets to a number of known corrupt ‘electables’ who defected from other political groups in the hope of forming the next government.


However, if Sharif decides to stay back in London, his absence would certainly strengthen the anti-Sharif narrative, and that would swing the momentum in favour of Imran.Sharif’s presence in Pakistan is critical to his party’s election fortunes, particularly since several senior PML-N leaders have been barred from the elections by courts. Many others have defected or simply quit under pressure.Elections provide the best platform for people to elect their leader. For that, there should be a level playing field. Taking Sharif out of the equation doesn’t seem right.

Sharif’s best response would be to return to Pakistan and lead his party to victory. That would win him more popularity. People would believe him even more. So, the game is not over for the Sharifs yet.

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Imran is the best

Councller (250+ posts)
Nawaz sharif won’t get sympathy votes reasons below.
Poor governance
Poor performance
10 years loot maar
Chor sharif family
Public fed up
No gas no electricity no schools no health but the crooks go abroad for them selfs.
Court cases
Military no support
Judiciary no support
Saudi no supoort
Some media no support
Strong apposition 5 years pti
Public now got choose pmln/ppp chor or pti
So stop playing games Nawaz Shabaz has made A to Z corrupt media departments anchors bar council
 

Citizen X

President (40k+ posts)
Its not that, hum Pakistani kuch zururat se ziyada hi jazbati hain, we think more with our hearts than our brains. Simple example is when our cricket team wins a match, oh ho ho ho every pakistani is so proud, bleed green hastags and statuses all over social media, Kya zabardast team hai. Afridi you are kove, Younus Khan you are the best.

And the very next day the very same team loses. BC saray ke saray dallay haramkhoor, baazi lagai hui hogi, fixed match bastards, Afridi se barda BC koi ha hi nahi hamesha bardwa duck pe out ho jata hai aur Younus Khan salay us budday ko team me liya kis harami ne !

Same with Nawaz Sharif, sub ko chordo I heard Asad Umer today saying he felt a little sorry seeing NS jailed after all he was the PM and MS no matter what after all is a woman and it just feels sad to see any woman go to jail.

But the very next moment when you remind us Jazbatistanis why they are in jail in the first place, we become the same people who curse the National team after losing a match.
 

Kamran Stu

MPA (400+ posts)
Its not that, hum Pakistani kuch zururat se ziyada hi jazbati hain, we think more with our hearts than our brains. Simple example is when our cricket team wins a match, oh ho ho ho every pakistani is so proud, bleed green hastags and statuses all over social media, Kya zabardast team hai. Afridi you are kove, Younus Khan you are the best.

And the very next day the very same team loses. BC saray ke saray dallay haramkhoor, baazi lagai hui hogi, fixed match bastards, Afridi se barda BC koi ha hi nahi hamesha bardwa duck pe out ho jata hai aur Younus Khan salay us budday ko team me liya kis harami ne !

Same with Nawaz Sharif, sub ko chordo I heard Asad Umer today saying he felt a little sorry seeing NS jailed after all he was the PM and MS no matter what after all is a woman and it just feels sad to see any woman go to jail.

But the very next moment when you remind us Jazbatistanis why they are in jail in the first place, we become the same people who curse the National team after losing a match.

That is what i was trying to highlight above: "Stockholm Syndrome"

Symptoms and behaviours. Victims of the formal definition of Stockholm syndrome develop "positive feelings toward their captors and sympathy for their causes and goals, and negative feelings toward the police or authorities". These symptoms often follow escaped victims back into their previously ordinary lives.
 

Citizen X

President (40k+ posts)
That is what i was trying to highlight above: "Stockholm Syndrome"

Symptoms and behaviours. Victims of the formal definition of Stockholm syndrome develop "positive feelings toward their captors and sympathy for their causes and goals, and negative feelings toward the police or authorities". These symptoms often follow escaped victims back into their previously ordinary lives.
I know what stockholm syndrome is, its a totally different and irrelevant when talking about sympathy votes. Some patwaris do suffer from it but the majority are suffering from The Dunning-Kruger Effect. Look it up if you don't know what that is.
 

shafali

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
The article was written before Nawaz Sharif's return to Pakistan. On his return, his sympathisers decided not to show up at the airport as he had expected, so we've clearly gone beyond "Stockholm Syndrome" and into jail.
 

Notpersonal

Minister (2k+ posts)
haha.. it looks like you have waken up from a years of sleep . havent you seen the anger in people eyes? do you think we still living in 1950. media have created awareness , this is just bullshit and waste of time , now people know that its not political victimization , We all have seen drama for 2 years now that its coming out of our eyes , nose and every where. and you taking about sympathy. you must be trapped in a cave or something for many years and just came out for sure.
 

bhutt-dari

Senator (1k+ posts)
Nawaz sharif won’t get sympathy votes reasons below.
Poor governance = what do you mean poor governance, he did not took revenge from any one.
Poor performance = this is what you are thinking.
10 years loot maar = bring one proof of loot maar in last 5-10 years.
Chor sharif family = this is brainwashed and injected poison from kaptaan,
Public fed up = if public is fed lup, they would not vote him next time, that is the democracy
No gas no electricity no schools no health but the crooks go abroad for them selfs. = total jhoot, zardari did not do anything.
Court cases = which court cases, corrupt saqib made him na-ehel on aqama and not taking salary from his son's company.
Military no support = he did not take orders from military and wanted to make better international relations.
Judiciary no support = yes saqib nisar is biased
Saudi no supoort = how do you know ?
Some media no support = all media and biased anchors are anti NS due to kaptaan's jhoot and ilzaams
Strong apposition 5 years pti = pti's jhoot and ilzaams, and nothing else, and doing the same bakwaas day and night by kaptaan.
Public now got choose pmln/ppp chor or pti = pti will become bigger choor and the same public will beat kaptaan with danday and shoes
So stop playing games Nawaz Shabaz has made A to Z corrupt media departments anchors bar council