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When the dust settles

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DON’T be misled by all the noise and turbulence around you on social media or the dramatic ‘breaking’ stories on 24X7 news channels from the prime minister’s kitchen cabinet consultations, as all those represent no more than the usual final moments of a sinking ship.

By the time you read these lines on Sunday, the National Assembly would be on the verge of passing a vote of no-confidence in the prime minister, paving the way for election of the PML-N’s Shehbaz Sharif as leader of the House. The opposition has already announced he would be their candidate.

While some among the media who’ve supported what they once called a hybrid regime are predicting a ‘Trump’ move before the vote that would stump the opposition, others are just hanging their heads in despair and making prophecies of doom and gloom.

Their very own hybrid Titanic hit the iceberg last October, but they did not wish to see the signs and kept believing what they wanted to. Their shock today would have been far less severe had they given a little attention to all the evidence pointing towards a scenario more realistic than theirs.

In my opinion, even as he appears to be gearing towards the next election, the prime minister has so far acted rather imprudently by not accepting his loss in the National Assembly and, as these lines were being written, seemed to have reversed his earlier decision not to attend the vote.

Let the will of the people be determined in a free, fair and transparent........

© Dawn

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