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An open letter to the Opposition

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30.06.2019

The writer is Executive Director News, Express News, and Executive Editor of The Express Tribune. He tweets @fahdhusain and can be reached at [email protected]

Dear Opposition:

Did you enjoy wasting time? Because that’s what the All Parties Conference (APC) was. You hear that faint noise across horizon? That’s the sound of a collective whimper.

If all of you — the rainbow coalition of Opposition grandees — were reading the tea leaves properly, you would not be surprised at the great underwhelming that your APC has produced. Not a bit. Perhaps the deceptive and mercurial power of optics is getting the better of you and perhaps that’s why photo-ops like the APC are high on your agenda. Such events make for some headlines, some smiley pictures, some chatter and then, just like that, it fades into nothingness.

So here’s a bit of unsolicited advice: Snap out of your delicious delusion. When you do so, the lay of the land will present to you a clear picture with some hazy edges. Here’s what it shows:

The Imran Khan government is struggling on every front. It has passed one of the harshest budgets in recent memory. It is sitting atop a powder keg of crippling inflation, slowing growth and increasing taxation. It is bracing to face a backlash from opponents and supporters alike. It has given the country no real roadmap to redemption. It has many non-serious members masquerading as ministers. It is obsessing with accountability at the expense of everything else. It has done almost no legislation. Nor is it expected to. It is, in short, a disappointment.

And yet it is as secure as any government can be.

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