The July 2017 decision of Pakistan’s Supreme Court to convict Nawaz Sharif for his part in the Panama Papers scandal should not come as a huge shock. Since the country’s inception seventy years ago, every single ruler has been forced out of office prematurely.

As a child in Karachi, I remember my father used to take us to see the procession of Youm-e-Ashour. I belonged to a Sunni family. The main participants of the procession were Shi‘a, but on this day our love of the Prophet and his family brought all Muslims together.