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Until November…

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June till November then is the crucial time for the PTI government. PHOTO: FILE

Events have cascaded down to us like a river raging through deep and rocky ravines. Where’s the steadying hand when you need it? Let’s take stock:

1. Nawaz Sharif is in jail, Shehbaz Sharif is in London and the party is in transition. It is a transition that may yet take a toll unbeknownst to many. And yet in one week, this transition has brought Maryam Nawaz bang into the centre of it all. She is still weighed down by her legal travails and continues to face an uncertain parliamentary future, but she is now clearly leading the charge. But charge against whom?

2. Ah, there’s the rub. The transition of the party also straddles competing and complementing narratives. Some PML-N pundits say Nawaz’s aggression is back as policy. Others maintain if that were so we would be witnessing more front-foot batting against the Judiciary and the Establishment. Come to think of it, when was the last time any PML-N leader uttered the term “farishtas” (angels)? The term referred to intelligence agencies that the PML-N leaders had blamed for facilitating Imran Khan’s ascent to power. That line of criticism has seemingly been shelved. The aggression is now aimed at the PTI and not at the Establishment or the Judiciary. The new PML-N narrative is neither Nawaz’s nor Shehbaz’s but a clever combination of the two.

3. This combination will be on display post-Eid. The budget session of parliament will witness a freshly-energised PML-N. Prepare for........

© The Express Tribune