LAHORE: Mudslinging among political opponents does not qualify as being important enough to be paid heed to, but members from a certain party ranting against the leadership of their own party should not go unheard and unnoticed by the party leaders. Despite its victory in the NA-120 by-election, the PML-N leadership seems to have lost their strength not just externally but within their own party too. Its own party members in a National Assembly session on October 5th were extremely critical of the federal government and its policies, and in subtle way gave out an anti-judiciary rhetoric.
By stepping into a conflict with the judiciary, the PML-N itself has paved the way for other political parties to rhetorically fill in the void created by the misalignment between the state and the institutions. Politically isolated with the formation of other alliances like the PTI and MQM, being repeatedly lambasted by the opposition over the absence of ministers from the assembly sessions, the PML-N’s own Shahbaz Sharif appears to have distanced himself from the entire Panama and accountability court hearings fiasco. Given the circumstances, the PML-N is surely getting through the toughest of times it possibly has ever experienced since its inception as a party.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2017.
Source: Tribune News | PML-N affairs