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Sharif Under Siege – By Zahid Hussain

Zahid Hussain | Oct 26, 2016

MATTERS are getting increasingly ominous for Nawaz Sharif, although he may still be in a state of denial. It is not just about Imran Khan’s threatened lockdown of the capital; it is his increasingly tense relations with the military that must be his main worry. It is a much more serious situation than what Sharif faced during the 2014 dharna. Naming the new army chief before Nov 2, as rumour has it, is not likely to mend matters. The unresolved issue of the ‘leak’ to the media of the proceedings of a top security meeting is not going to go away with a change of guard. Hence, Imran Khan’s planned storming of the capital could not have come at a worse time for the beleaguered prime minister.It is highly unlikely that the other opposition parties will come to Sharif’s rescue, as they did in 2014, without him agreeing to a judicial inquiry into the Panama scandal involving his family…

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