ISLAMABAD    -   The acquittal of Maryam Nawaz Shar­if by the Is­lamabad High Court in the Av­enfield reference is not only a powerful ‘comeback’ on her part but it also vindicat­ed PML-N’s stance on ‘politi­cal victimization’.

Opponents were used to term the proceedings against the House of Sharifs in cor­ruption references as ‘ac­countability’ while the PML-N was referring to the same as ‘political victimisation’. How­ever, a decision, came out from the IHC in favour of the daughter of former premier Nawaz Sharif on Thursday in the Avenfield corruption reference, seconded PML-N stance — vindicating the par­ty’s narrative of political vic­timization. Though the same court had acquitted Secre­tary General of PML-N Ahsan Iqbal in the last week as well, the impact of a clean chit giv­en to Maryam Nawaz Shar­if is much more than that as people consider it as the first step towards the return of el­der Sharif to the country and parliamentary politics. Op­tics are very much clear now that the deal with power­ful circles was not limited to the formation of a multiparty government alone but there was an understanding of re­verting back all the odds done with three-time elected prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his political successor Maryam Nawaz Sharif. It is the second major setback for the oppo­nents of PML-N as earlier in this week party leader Ishaq Dar not only landed into the country but he also took oath followed by the assumption of his charge as the federal min­ister for finance. Interesting­ly, the oath from Ishaq Dar for both offices was adminis­tered by the Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani and President Arif Alvi without any hesi­tation and argument, which strengthened the impression of a go-ahead from the pow­er circles to the elder Sharif to step in the game.