By now Nawaz Sharif should have learnt a lot from his past mistakes. After all, he's over 70, and in three stints as prime minister, he had plenty of opportunities to know what went wrong after he was removed by the establishment. But no, it looks like he didn't learn anything, judging from his recent step to make Ishaq Dar the deputy prime minister, in addition to being the foreign minister (for which he has no experience).

I'm sure, there are millions of people in the country who think Imran Khan is a big fool. But it seems that Nawaz Sharif is a bigger fool. He can't trust his own younger brother even though the latter is more capable than him. Shehbaz Sharif, being the younger brother, has proved himself to be loyal to Nawaz, having served as chief minister of Punjab thrice and as prime minister for a few months before the last elections. By now, Nawaz Sharif should know that his younger brother is utterly reliable. Yet Nawaz imposed his own daughter as chief minister of Punjab (even though Shehbaz's son Hamza was more suitable). And now, with the appointment of Dar as deputy prime minister, he's made sure that Shehbaz is without any powers and is simply a messenger. It's a pity, really. Shehbaz is a born diplomat and gets things done. But the poor chap will now have his hands tied up.