As politicians go, last week definitely belonged to Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the pretty as picture member of the Raiwind Sharif clan. She was featured on the cover of Newsweek (the Pakistani version) and answered even some silly questions, rather intelligently. Verdict: She has the looks, confidence and everything else going for her.
It is obvious that her political grooming is in process and the best that money can buy are on this task. However, the question being asked is who will tutor the Captain who never makes a public or media appearance without letting out the secret. That he desperately needs lessons in the art of politics.
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We hear that the Lahore Governor House is awash with jiyalas and this lot is known not only for their political commitment but also their ‘enthusiasm’. Now we hear that the guv mansion’s staff is getting some rough handling by these constant visitors. Complaints and grumbling among the staff are common occurrence. It is a “fish market” they say. In fact, some are asking for a transfer and at least one staffer, the caretaker himself, has left in a huff. Apparently, he cannot take the rough-and-tough jiyala ways any more.
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