Please resign

As time passes, the prime minister’s cronies begin to realize that it won’t be long before they are sent home. They start making strange and desperate statements. The latest one is a gem from Railways Minister Khwaja Saad Rafiq. According to him, his boss is being victimized because he was the one who made Pakistan a nuclear power. He doesn’t explain why whoever is victimizing him waited almost two decades. Surely those behind the so-called “victimization” are powerful enough to have arranged his removal from the scene long ago?
It is also becoming clear that Nawaz Sharif doesn’t have any control over his minions. Why should the railways minister have to explain why the prime minister is being treated unfairly? We have a minister of state for information to do this job. Then there is Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, who believes he is also the foreign minister. Why did he have to criticize the US for “speaking the language of Indians” after the Modi-Trump meeting? That’s what the foreign minister should do; unfortunately our prime minister has never thought it important to appoint one. Since Nawaz Sharif cannot ensure that his ministers do only what they’re supposed to do, he should resign and hand the government over to someone who is more capable than him.
Shakir Lakhani
Printed in Friday Times, July 21, 2017