Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman believes his moment of political triumph has finally arrived as the Supreme Court will take up the damning Joint Investigation Team report on the offshore assets of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children.
“I think he is gone,” Imran said of Sharif, his political arch nemesis. “The long, dark night is finally over,” he told The New York Times in an interview on Saturday.
But a top aide to the prime minister said a verdict resulting in such a removal would be ‘a judicial coup’.
For more than a year, Sharif has been mired in a bruising controversy over Panama Papers revelations that his family owns luxury flats in London’s upscale neighbourhood through offshore companies.
But Imran has pestered the Sharif family to provide the paper trails for the purchase of the apartments. “Show the receipts,” is a common slogan of PTI supporters.
The controversy has been a godsend for Imran, who has relentlessly campaigned against Sharif ever since he took office in 2013 and has been on a personal crusade to remove him from office.