As per the predictions, 2018 has been very good for most of the people and bad for many politicians and corrupt people as politicians got punishment through Supreme Court of Pakistan and corrupts got caught through National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Thus, we are sharing the top 10 politicians of the year 2018, which have been discussed the most in terms of their political career, disqualification, imprisonment, and acquittal.
At the end of 2018, many top level political leaders were sent to prisons, which include Shahbaz Sharif, Khawaja Saad, and Salman Rafiq are top of the list. These politicians were charges with corruption allegations for illegal usage of authority.
- Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
- Maryam Nawaz Sharif
- Jahangir Khan Tareen
- Captain (R) Muhammad Safdar Awan
- Daniyal Aziz
- Muhammad Tallal Chaudhry
- Syed Nehal Hashmi
- Hanif Abbasi
- Haroon Akhtar Khan
- Sadia Khaqan Abbasi
Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
Mian 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. Nawaz Sharif served as prime minister in 1990–93, 1997–98, and 2013–17. In July 2018 Nawaz Sharif was convicted in absentia of having owned assets beyond his income and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. His influential daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif was convicted of having abetted a crime and was sentenced to 7 years in prison. Though they continued to deny any wrongdoing, they returned to Lahore on July 13 to serve their sentences.
Maryam Nawaz Sharif
Maryam Nawaz Sharif born 28 October 1973, also known by her married name as Maryam Safdar is a Pakistani politician who is the daughter of three-time Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif and his spouse Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif. Born in 1973 in Lahore, Sharif was initially involved in the family’s philanthropic organisations. However, in 2012, she entered politics and was put in charge of Nawaz Sharif election campaign during the 2013 general election. In 2013, she was appointed as the Chairperson of the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme. However she resigned in 2014 after her appointment was challenged in the Lahore High Court. In July 2018, she was sentenced to seven years in prison with £2 million fine on corruption charges in Avenfield reference case. On 19 September, the Islamabad High Court suspended her sentence.
Jahangir Khan Tareen
Jahangir Khan Tareen born 4 July 1953 is a Pakistani politician and businessman who has been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan thrice between 2002 and 2017. Born in Comilla, Tareen was educated at the Forman Christian College in Lahore, and later attended the University of North Carolina. Prior to entering politics, he had been a lecturer and banker. Tareen began his political career in 2002. He served as special adviser on agriculture and social sector initiatives to then Chief Minister of Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi before being appointed as the Federal Minister for Industries and Production where he served from 2004 to 2007 in the Shaukat Aziz ministry. In 2011, he joined PTI and became its General Secretary where he served until December 2017. Tareen is considered as one of the wealthiest politician of Pakistan. He was disqualified by the Supreme Court of Pakistan from holding public office in 2017, ceasing him to be a member of the National Assembly.
Captain (R) Muhammad Safdar Awan
Muhammad Safdar Awan born 19 January 1963 is a Pakistani politician and retired Pakistan Army officer who had been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from June 2008 to May 2018. Safdar joined politics after returning to Pakistan in 2007 along with the Sharif family. Captain Safdar was elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N) from Constituency NA-52 (Rawalpindi-III) in by-election held in June 2008. He received 54,917 votes and defeated a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League (Q). The seat was vacated by Nisar Ali Khan.
Daniyal Aziz Choudhry born 25 February 1965 is a Pakistani politician who served as Minister for Privatisation, in Abbasi cabinet from August 2017 to May 2018. He had been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan between 1997 and May 2018. In March 2013, he joined PML-N. Choudhry was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N) from Constituency NA-116 (Narowal-II in Pakistani general election, 2013. In June 2018, he was disqualified by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in a contempt of court case and was barred from contesting in the 2018 general election. Following which he decided to field his wife Mehnaz Aziz in election.
Muhammad Tallal Chaudhry
Muhammad Tallal Chaudhry born 19 August 1973 is a Pakistani politician who served as Minister of State for Interior, in Abbasi cabinet from August 2017 to May 2018. He was a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan, from June 2013 to May 2018. In March 2018, the Supreme Court of Pakistan indicted Chaudhry for committing contempt of court. Tallal Chuadhry rejected the contempt allegations. In August 2018, the Supreme Court found Chaudhry guilty of contempt of court and disqualified him from holding public office and from contesting elections for five years. The three-judge bench also slapped him a fine of Rs 100,000. In September 2018, he challenged the verdict of the Supreme Court.
Syed Nehal Hashmi
Syed Nehal Hashmi born 28 January 1960 is a Pakistani politician who has been a member of the Senate of Pakistan, from March 2015 to February 2018. In May 2017, his membership in PML-N was suspended and he was asked to resign from the membership of Senate by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for violating the party discipline. After which he announced to resign from the Senate. In June 2017, he withdrew his resignation from Senate after a meeting with the chairman of the Senate. On 1 February 2018, Hashmi was convicted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in a contempt of court case. He was sentenced to one month imprisonment, and was barred from holding public office for a period of next five years. On the same day, he ceased to be a member of the Senate and was arrested. He was released from jail after a month on 28 February.
Muhammad Hanif Abbasi born 4 January 1966 is a Pakistani businessman and politician. He had been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from 2002 to 2008 and again from 2008 to 2013. On 21 July 2018, he was convicted and sentenced to life in jail by an anti-narcotic court in an ephedrine quota case. He was also disqualified for life from running for public office. Abbasi owns a pharmaceutical wholesale business which he runs under the company named, Gray Pharmaceutical. In June 2012, the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) filed a case in the Lahore High Court alleging Abbasi and several colleagues of misusing 500 kilograms (1,100 lb) of ephedrine which was bought for making medicine in 2010. On June 11, 2018, Justice Ibadur Rehman Lodhi of the Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench had ordered the judge of the special court to hear the case on a daily basis from July 16 onwards and announce the verdict on 21 July 2018. On 21 July 2018, the Control of Narcotics Substances court handed life imprisonment and ₨ 1 million fines to Abbasi in its verdict. He was taken into custody from the courtroom and was subsequently imprisoned.
Haroon Akhtar Khan
Haroon Akhtar Khan is a Pakistani politician who was a Member of the Senate of Pakistan, from March to October 2018. In January 2018, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi appointed Khan as his special assistant on revenue and granted him the status of a federal minister. He was nominated by Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N) as its candidate in Pakistani Senate election, 2018. However the Election Commission of Pakistan declared all PML-N candidates for the Senate election as independent after a ruling of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Khan was elected to the Senate of Pakistan as an independent candidate on general seat from Punjab in Senate election. He was backed in the election by PML-N and joined the treasury benches, led by PML-N after getting elected. He took oath as Senator on 12 March 2018. On 17 October 2018 the Supreme Court of Pakistan disqualified the Senate membership of Khan over dual nationality.
Sadia Khaqan Abbasi
Sadia Khaqan Abbasi is a Pakistani barrister and politician who was a Member of the Senate of Pakistan, from March to October 2018. Previously she was a Member of the Senate from March 2003 to February 2009. She was nominated by PML-N as its candidate in Pakistani Senate election, 2018. However the Election Commission of Pakistan declared all PML-N candidates for the Senate election as independent after a ruling of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. She was re-elected to the Senate as an independent candidate on a reserved seat for women from Punjab in the Senate election. She joined the treasury benches, led by PML-N after getting elected. She took oath as Senator on 12 March 2018. On 17 October 2018 the Supreme Court of Pakistan disqualified the Senate membership of Abbasi over dual nationality.