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The lady doth protest too much

5 9 4

At this late hour manifestoes don’t matter. Not even those that promise rivers of milk and honey or the Moon and the stars. Most people who have decided to go out and vote on July 25 seem to have already made up their minds.

Performance does play a decisive role in influencing a voter’s final decision. But in poor countries like Pakistan, this factor invariably works against the sitting government. Because with limited resources at its disposal and pressures from escalating expenses of a security state perpetually at war with it’s neighbours and various terrorist organisations, the sitting government in Islamabad invariably fails to meet the growing expectations of a galloping population.

So, on the face of it, one would not be wrong to conclude that the incumbency factor would cause voters at large not to vote for the PML-N, which has ruled the country for a full five-year term and the Punjab province for ten years, which in terms of population, is larger than the rest of the three provinces.

This conclusion leads one to the logical corollary: Imran Khan’s PTI, seemingly PML-N’s main challenger in Punjab, is most likely to record a historic win at the polls on July 25.

But Punjab’s current political scene seems to defy this logic. While no clear cut winner seems to have emerged in the province so far, the tilt, however, continues to be, surprisingly, in favour of the incumbents of the immediate past replaced on June 1, 2018 by the not-so-PMLN-friendly caretaker governments at the centre and in the Punjab.

PML-N seems to have monopolised all types of media — broadcast, print and social........

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