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There is just one major contradiction in the three forces that have aligned themselves for the single goal of destabilising the present government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif: IK, TUQ and the Chaudhries are all known people of the status quo – and now each one of them claims to be no less than a revolutionary of the ilk of Che Guevara. We just need to explore a bit, and the picture becomes clear: IK’s party has failed to deliver in KPK. So it’s time for a grand distraction: just resume the mantra of election rigging, give the August 14th deadline to quit PTI’s share of the mandate, run from a provincial rule proving increasingly embarrassing – even if all this amounts to troubling a nation at war with the Taliban. TUQ’s case is a bit different. He has no electoral standing in the country. He draws power from the mass of wealth he has minted in overseas Pakistan through religious sermonising - by tactfully exploiting a huge
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