Nawaz Sharif Feeling
The Heat With Imran Khan And Pakistan Army Gunning For HimPakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (L) walks past army chief Raheel Sharif (AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was isolated on the global stage after India’s surgical strikes and the diplomatic offensive launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is feeling the heat on the home front now.

The civilian government is now facing a battle for its existence and legitimacy, with the opposition and the army gunning for him.

Opposition leader Imran Khan has called for an ‘Islamabad showdown’ campaign, accusing Sharif of widespread corruption. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief also clammoured for the disqualification of Sharif and has laid out a new ‘occupy Islamabad’ plan, which was earlier scheduled for 30 October.

"If you want to see Pakistan in its real vein, come and join the PTI in its decisive sit-in in Islamabad," the cricketer-turned-politician said. Sharif is under the radar for his family figures in Panama papers.

The Pakistan Army, on the other hand, reprimanded the Sharif government over the alleged leak of information to the Dawn newspaper, and the subsequent ban on its journalist Cyril Almeida from travelling abroad, attracting global condemnation.

The army set the Sharif government a five-day deadline to trace the source that 'fed' the information to Almeida about the crucial 3 October meeting. The Pakistan government, however, bungled up by first putting Almeida on the travel ban list and then awkwardly removing him from it.

With inputs from IANS.

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