The last time PML-Nawaz was in power, and Nawaz Sharif was Prime Minister, foreign bank transfers were blocked, foreign currency accounts frozen. This was caused by the extreme strain on balance of payments Shahbaz Sharif had raided the Supreme Court and intimidated the judiciary. When General Musharraf took over, his motorcade was spontaneously applauded by ordinary people. By 2002, the economy had stabilised, but confidence was never fully restored because of what Nawaz did.
These are facts, not lacuna in my memory.
I distrust Sharif people more than PPP. Unfortunately, given the vote bank in "Punjab", I fear Nawaz and his lion (looks more like a jackal actually) will return to power, a THIRD term.
Given the extravagant spending expected by the next government, continued massive corruption, and soon to be harsh IMF terms imposed for lifeline loans, is it advisable to keep some money abroad?
I've talked to a couple of people who work in banks, and are well placed enough to report recent massive foreign exchange transfers to offshore accounts. Some of this is likely by PPP "jiyalas" who won't waste time here for the next term, and are moving to places like Dubai, London, etc.
But for ordinary working people, is there a way to guard against asset seizure and confiscation by a morally bankrupt regime at home? It happened in Cyprus.