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Kicking Nawaz when he’s down

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19.08.2017

FORMER prime minister Nawaz Sharif is being offered considerable counsel by critics, including journalists and analysts, about the way forward, with many holding forth about the repercussions of his decisions such as rallying support through his GT Road journey.

He is also being told not to raise his voice against the Supreme Court that has cut short his prime ministerial tenure; the verdict may also spell an end to his formal participation in politics as his disqualification means he can’t even hold his party position.

The critics offering Nawaz Sharif advice, now that they have the benefit of hindsight, fall in the category of diehard opponents, neutral-impartial observers (in a handful of cases) and a sprinkling of those sympathetic to him.

Are the former PM’s rallies and speeches follies he’ll live to regret, or is there no other option?

The dozens of TV channels, which claim they do news and current affairs, have spawned an ever greater number of analysts and pundits who enrich the viewers’ life each evening with their wisdom and depth of analysis.

And if asking questions, as exalted anchors, were not enough, once their own programmes are out of the way, or possibly on their off days, these electronic media stars appear as panellists on the programmes of their friends and colleagues of other TV channels including rivals.

In the unlikely event that neither a defence analyst (mostly a former senior military officer whose early........

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