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Coronavirus
LOW Source: covid.gov.pk
Pakistan Deaths
28,269
1724hr
Pakistan Cases
1,264,384
72024hr
1.61% positivity
Sindh
465,486
Punjab
437,793
Balochistan
33,120
Islamabad
106,445
KPK
176,774

"Informed sources say a cabinet reshuffle is in the making."
"Hey, I have been hearing that for sometime now, and just because you think performance of some ministers is bad, does not mean The Khan agrees with you."
"Ah, the compulsions of a party leader heading the government but does not have a majority in parliament!"
"I don't think The Khan is contemplating firing those who belong to coalition parties; or for that matter those who joined his party at the last minute with some of their long time associates, and yes I am referring to those from the south of Punjab, he may be thinking of giving his long term associates another ministry though..."
"If that happens then we can say that the era of a new Pakistan has dawned."
"You being facetious!"
"No, look at Nawaz Sharif's choice of cabinet members - Dar in spite of several flawed policies which account for a massive rise in indebtedness and an overvalued rupee that led to a decline in exports while he was still in the cabinet is still being defended. Look at Khawaja Asif and others who are definitely going to be part of the cabinet if PML-N wins again..."
"What about Parveen Rashid?"
"You still haven't sorted out your key board! I mean really! Besides the guy is still a senator and that's not nothing!"
"He is kind of quiet..."
"That's because a selected senator, Mushahid Hussain, has been active in defending the Sharifs though recently he is quiet and..."
"The Sharifs should task him to..."
"I agree, he is not delivering as agreed...but with respect to P Rashid don't forget Mariyum Aurangzeb has proved her worth though if the party comes to power I wonder whether Rashid would trump Aurangzeb."
"That would still not be a clash of the titans! Anyway Zardari sahib's legal team always gets portfolios they want if the party comes back to power, if you don't pay your team and they are representing you in numerous cases then you need to pamper them when in power, the Banana Man (R Malik) gets the ministry of interior and..."
"So what is The Khan going to do?"
"Speculation is that Asad Umar will be gone but not out, he will be given another ministry, say petroleum or..."
"Umar when asked quoted an Urdu verse which translated means wishes..."
"Yeah, I heard, but do you think he reckons others wish him gone or whether he himself wants to be gone?"
"There is nothing stopping him from resigning is there!"
"That question my friend has been asked by most of the 44 cabinet members of The Khan, more than 40 cabinet members of Nawaz Sharif era as well as Zardari sahib's...
"Yep and their answer: if our party leader wants we will go happily though it is the public that votes them to the assembly."
"Right, but what if these ministers reckon they are unequal to the task?"
"That my friend is not in the psyche of our politicians. They can do anything anytime..."
"Including change sides at a moment's notice."
"Indeed."

Copyright Business Recorder, 2019

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