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The PML-N pedigree

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RECENT events make it appear that the ‘P’ in PML-N stands for pedigree so any perceived transgression or misstep by the middle-class leaders of the party necessitates that they fall on their swords without much ado.

However, if you are seen as part of the pedigreed inner circle of the Sharifs you can be sure of longevity. The prime minister uses his ire selectively for one institution or the other as he puts down his foot when trouble seems close to home, and has no issues offering middle-class sacrificial lambs if that helps.

The list is long and begins with Mushahidullah Khan who famously told the BBC of a meeting where the prime minister confronted the former army chief with recordings of phone-tap conversations of the ISI chief during the famed dharna of 2014 implicating the latter as an instigator of the campaign.

The moral of this story is that the Sharifs are quick to hang out to dry middle-class leaders when they perceive a threat from institutions that can bring a sudden end to their rule.

The military was livid. Before long Mushahidullah Khan had to fall on his own sword, and on the eve of an important international climate change conference, the country’s environment ministry was left headless. The minister’s sacrifice did serve to preserve democracy or you could say the Sharifs should you wish to.

(Frankly, PML-N activists such as TV anchor Tariq Aziz of the popular........

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