The Asian Age

Nawaz Sharif should ex­ert more au­thor­ity

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It may look like a tiny storm — Pak­istan PM Nawaz Sharif’s de­scrip­tion of the on­go­ing cri­sis wherein he is be­ing asked to step down by two in­tran­si­gent op­po­nents — but the sit­u­a­tion has the po­ten­tial to turn into a more ad­vanced state of in­clement po­lit­i­cal weather if Sharif con­tin­ues to treat the cri­sis with kid gloves...

Rather than mol­lify Im­ran Khan, Sharif needs to call his bluff... His seem­ingly res­o­lute stand that of­fered hope over the week­end now looks to be thor­oughly com­pro­mised with the Army step­ping in as the me­di­a­tor be­tween the gov­ern­ment and Khan. This is the last thing Sharif should have ac­qui­esced to, given the Army’s role in Pak­istan’s po­lit­i­cal past. Rather than be seen as com­pro­mis­ing with the spirit of democ­racy, Sharif must wrest back the con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion and thereby re­it­er­ate a cru­cial truth: That as a leader of a duly elected gov­ern­ment, he has what it takes to pre­vent the hi­jack­ing of Pak­istan’s con­sti­tu­tional dig­nity and supremacy.

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