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Caged Lion of Punjab: the fall of Nawaz Sharif

Three times he has ruled Pakistan, and three times he has been deposed. Now Nawaz Sharif, the "Lion of Punjab", is watching the triumph of his great rival Imran Khan from behind bars. Sharif, imprisoned since mid-July, is serving a 10-year sentence for corruption. His daughter and political heir Maryam is similarly imprisoned, while his wife Kulsoom is fighting cancer in London. And the great gamble he took in returning to Pakistan days ahead of the July 25 election has failed to galvanise support. Instead, Khan is…