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Jab we meet

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Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and Maryam Nawaz. PHOTO: FILE

The Opposition shall sit across a table today and have Iftar. And talk. And plan. And plot.

Sunday May 19, 2019 is the day that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Maryam Nawaz Sharif will meet face to face for the first time as key leaders of their respective parties. It is a day that could launch a thousand plans to bring down the Imran Khan government with a thousand cuts. It is also a day that could weaponise the PML-N — PPP relationship into an alliance with a specific agenda.

Here’s what could (and perhaps should) transpire jab they meet:

1. The Opposition needs to be crystal clear what it wants: oust the government or weaken it? Throwing Imran Khan out of power is easier said than done. There may be many hot-heads in both Maryam and Bilawal’s parties that may advocate going for Khan’s jugular, but the more rational and sane people know the Opposition does not have the requisite ammunition in its arsenal to blast the government out of power. Yes the government is fumbling and bumbling and making a fool of itself with amazing regularity, but here’s what it still has: a) support of the Establishment; b) required parliamentary numbers; c) time.

2. Both the PML-N and the PPP should snap out of their own denials: each is burdened with its own baggage that continues to weigh it down. The PML-N has been a restrained Opposition these last eight months because of its internal confusion and the fate of the Sharif family. The recent reshuffle within the........

© The Express Tribune