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Cousins at odds, becoming dearer to each other.

ISLAMABAD -- Once at odds and used to abuse one another, the political cousins are becoming dearer to each other in what is seen by political wizards as an inconvenient engagement.

In sheer opposition of the Sharif brothers, the political cousins Imran Khan, Asif Ali Zardari and Maulana Tahirul Qadri, who once used to sling mud at each other, have come closer once again.

Just few weeks back Zardari and Imran Khan were seen washing their dirty linen in public with the former calling the latter a 'fake Khan' and the latter terming the former 'the biggest evil of the country'. But, now they would be boarding the same truck to chant slogans against the Sharif brothers.

'I do not see any atmosphere of protest in Lahore. Even if some people are sentimental about the Model Town incident, there is no solid ground for the protest,' remarked political analyst Imtiaz Alam.

'The Awami Tehreek has already wasted the time and now it seems like a politically motivated protest by the parties with different objectives. Actually these parties are trying to create some space for themselves for the next general election,' he added. 'What can be the other purpose of agitation when only four months remain in the general election.'

Imran and Qadri were hand in hand during the sit-in in front of the Parliament House in 2014. But, later they went at odds for reasons well known to themselves and at one time very objectionable remarks by Imran Khan had infuriated the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leadership.

Similarly, during the Pakistan People's Party's (PPP) government, Qadri persistently scolded the then President Asif Ali Zardari and his party's cabinet members during the sit-in at Blue Area. No matter that he gained nothing from the two sit-ins except playing with the emotions of his innocent followers yet he is once again on a visit to Pakistan with seemingly 'more aggressive postures'.

It seems that this time he has put a more affectionate 'PAT' on the backs of Asif Zardari and Imran Khan to take them along for the protest. The two latter cousins seem to wear 'miraculous goggles' that do not let them see beyond the Sharif brothers.

People well versant with the parliamentary democracy can easily understand that these parties especially PTI and PPP, who are dreaming to ascend the throne once again, have nothing to do with the Model Town incident rather they do not want to see the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz gain majority in the Senate.

'Justice in murder cases is not sought in that manner. It is just a pressure exerting tactic on Nawaz Sharif's brother,' commented another analyst Iftikhar Ahmed. 'Even if they are expressing their sentiments on the issue, the decision has ultimately to be taken by the courts.'

If seen otherwise what service they had done to the nation as their protests and sit-ins had not only delayed the much needed CPEC in 2014 but also cost the national kitty billions of dollars, besides crushing stock market and badly affecting investment opportunities in the country.

Traders' community has expressed serious concerns over the protest and said it would produce nothing but bring the metropolis to a standstill.

In the prevailing situation, the country could not afford negative and anti-business activities, remarked business community in the markets on The Mall Road and adjoining Hall Road, Beadon Road, Abbot Road, Egerton Road, Mcleod Road and Lawrence Road.

People say heaven would not have fallen had the present government be let to complete its tenure. But, these cousins remain busy in creating anarchy sometimes in the name of corruption and sometimes in the name of justice.

'They should have better waited for elections and let the people be better judge to elect their representatives,' MNA Tahir Iqbal said. 'Actually they are scared of the popularity of PML-N due to its performance and deliverance.'

Punjab Government Spokesman Malik Ahmed Khan has termed opposition parties' protest unjustified. 'Staging protest is their right but it should not be meant for derailing democracy.'

He said the JIT over Model Town incident was constituted in consultation with Dr Tahirul Qadri and now he was making the same report controversial. 'The party could not present its stance before the court.'

Common men see all this as a 'battle for power' as they are confident that this agitation would do no good to address their problems and demand from these politicians to do some good for people instead of adding to their miseries.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Jan 18, 2018
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