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The crucial war of narratives

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WITH Hamza Shehbaz finally in the saddle as the chief executive of the PML-N’s power base of Punjab, he will now have to focus attention on good governance and delivery, if he wishes to consolidate his political hold on the province.

This wrenching of the reins from the unwilling hands of the PTI was achieved, despite the PTI trying every trick in the book and, legal experts say, going beyond the pale of the Constitution. This had enabled the governing party, and the PML-Q faction allied to it, to delay the inevitable, but not more. The law prevailed in the end.

Seeing his son and key loyal lieutenant for the past two decades occupying the seat of power in Punjab would normally be viewed as a great source of strength by the prime minister, as he would not then be distracted by issues in the heartland of his support base.

However, this could be a double-edged sword as there has been justified criticism of why the PML-N could not find even one suitable leader from the party to take up this position, preferring, instead, to ‘keep it within the family’.

Each move by Hamza Shehbaz will be put under the microscope by the PML-N’s opponents.

Each move by Hamza Shehbaz will be put under the microscope by the PML-N’s opponents and whatever remains of the independent media in the country, to see if his nomination and ascent to the highest office in Pakistan’s most populous province is based on merit or owes itself to........

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