ISLAMABAD -  Political elites, both on treasury and opposition benches, are supposed to guard and strengthen the political system in the country but majority of the frontline leaders in mainstream political parties are tainted with corruption and moral delinquencies, making them vulnerable to compromises at the hands of the forces of the status quo.

Most legal and constitutional experts in their reflection on this serious issue were unanimous in their views that the weaknesses on the part of the political leadership would transpire in the shape of system’s weakness and the forces of status quo played at its will and whim.

It is interesting to note that some of the leaders, though not facing any corruption cases right now, but their fellow politicians in opposition were portraying them as corrupt in their public addresses. Almost all the mainstream political parties’ leaders were one way or the other facing some sort of charges against them, which range from alleged financial irregularities to moral values.

The head of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz recently lost premiership as well as National Assembly seat on alleged corruption charges and is now facing corruption cases along with family members in an Accountability Court.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who still holds ministerial portfolio, is wilfully skipping the trial in corruption case and his non-bailable arrest warrants were issued and the ace accountability apparatus in the country now seek placing his name on the exit control list (ECL).

Many in the parliament believe that he would not return as investigation into another case against him had opened and as soon as he would land back in the country he would be arrested.

So, one can judge well the credibility and moral standing of the government whose finance minister was a fugitive.

Credentials of another couple of federal ministers in the incumbent government were also questioned as they have allegedly not listed their Iqama (residence certificate in the UAE) in the declaration forms, and cases are pending with various courts of law against them in this connection.

Even some of the opposition parties’ leaders have levelled serious allegations of corruption on incumbent Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the LNG import deal with Qatar.

Similarly, coalition partner of the government JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman though do not face any case but he has developed quite a negative image of himself among opposition parties.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman, Imran Khan, usually mocks the JUI-F chief in his public addresses and has dubbed him “Maulana Diesel”.

When it comes to corruption allegations, the leadership of the main opposition party — the PPP --- is in no different situation.

There are serious allegations on some of the mainstream party leaders including Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah.

Though former president of Pakistan and PPP-P President Asif Ali Zardari has been acquitted from all corruption cases pending with the accountability courts against him, his general public image is not good and the chances of reopening of some of the cases against him are still on the cards.

The cases against Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid Chief Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain and cousin of former chief minister Punjab Chaudhary Pervaiz Elahi have already been opened and they are facing an inquiry with NAB Lahore.

On top of it, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman, Imran Khan, who regularly speaks in favour of accountability, himself faces charges concerning irregularities in the purchase of his Bani Gala residence and now the apex court had reserved judgment in his case.

The SC has also reserved judgement in the case of his right-hand man, Jahangir Tareen, another central leader of the party for allegedly having assets beyond means.

The PTI chief has also been facing some serious allegations concerning his moral conduct by one of his own party Parliamentarian and it also has damaged his public image.

Under these circumstances when only a handful of politicians are seen as clean in terms of their financial and moral status one could hardly expect the system delivering to the welfare of the public at large.

Under this situation the system is likely to come across hiccups it has faced over the past several decades and the forces of status quo will continue to play their vicious game of not letting the system take roots and win ownership of the masses.