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This is apropos a Business Recorder editorial “PDM’s prospects” carried by the newspaper yesterday. The leader has argued, among other things, that “the political landscape is not without concerns for the Pakistan Democratic Movement. Its Lahore rally fell short of expectations, a dampener for the proposed “long march” on Islamabad in January 2021. The National Accountability Bureau is even more active now against the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s leadership. Maulana Fazlur Rehman is now in its crosshairs while Khawaja Asif has been arrested on the by now familiar refrain of ‘assets beyond means’. The federal cabinet has ‘allowed’ the National Assembly Speaker to accept the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s resignations signaling in no uncertain terms that the Speaker of the national assembly who is supposedly the ‘custodian of the house’ is subservient to the will of the executive.”

The PTI government has unfortunately upped the ante by deciding to cancel the passport of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif. Does that indicate that the government to encounter an uncomfortable situation any longer? Little does this government know that the situation has given birth to a new round of wild speculations in the country. Political unrest in the country unfortunately has the potential for hurting economy.

Nida Fatima (Lahore)

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021