This was not the only good news for the PPP. Previously, on December 28, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah confirmed the arrest of six Islamic State militants from Daska. This followed the nabbing of two Punjab University professors and a student on similar suspicions a day earlier. As the cherry on top, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief and fierce PPP critic Imran Khan admitted on New Year’s Eve that his Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital in Lahore had recently treated a senior member of the Afghan Taliban. Khan even got a thank you note.
Unfortunately for Prime Minister (P.M) Nawaz Sharif, his government’s moral high ground on the Karachi Rangers operation could now sink into pots and kettles territory and who is most black. Not long ago, the federal government pressed Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah to widen the Rangers net province-wide in the national interest. Now, the PPP’s riposte of including Punjab in paramilitary operations has a lot more steel to it. Maula Bux Chandio, Adviser to CM Sindh on Information, also wonders why party leader Dr. Asim Hussain is on a field-trip of the country’s jailhouses while Imran Khan roams free for the same crime?
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...r, especially after it swept last year’s municipal polls in Sindh. The federal government gets an earful for its hypocritical stance on corruption, where it accuses Sindh of endemic graft but has no answer for the fudged finances of energy mega projects like Nandipur and Neelam-Jehlum.
A fundamental weakness of pluralistic democracies is that they stall without political compromise. PPP lawmaker Nafisa Shah hinted as much during a recent tirade in Parliament, questioning “Is Dr. Asim Hussain your enemy or Da’ish? Is al Qaeda your enemy or Asif Zardari?” Off the record, she may well have added “Do we make a deal or should we pull you in the mud too?” In a polarized political landscape where a different party controls each province, the future of NAP may well hinge on the only nonpartisan power lever in Pakistan: the army. Everyone else is bound to honor among thieves.
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