ONE of the charges against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is that he and his family were spending much more than what they were supposed to be earning. Most of our public representatives, of course, are just like the Sharifs, and they too should be investigated to disqualify them from holding public office. However, since investigating all of them will take a very long time, I suggest we start with the big fish.
Asif Ali Zardari was convicted of money laundering by a Swiss court. When he became president of the country, the proceedings in the case were suspended as he claimed immunity.
However, as with the passage of years the case became time-barred, the Supreme Court directed the then prime minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, to write a letter to the Swiss court to reopen the case. When Mr. Gilani refused to do so, he was sentenced for contempt of court and had to resign.
Uzair Baloch, a Lyari gangster, also levelled charges against Zardari, who is known to be the beneficial owner of big houses in England and France. He should only be asked how he is able to live so lavishly in foreign countries on his pension. If he is unable to give a satisfactory answer, the court should take action against him.
Shakir Lakhani 
Published in Dawn, July 15th, 2017