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Former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif had a press photo-op recently, playing cricket.

He really loves the game and was really good at it too. If the bowler belonged to his political party. And the fielders. And the umpire.

This is a point that has been spread out a lot but the former premier has been insisting, with a remarkable consistency, that he is really good at the game. Could have even gone pro.

One wonders if the world would have been a better place if he had.

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A double whammy for a senior Gujrat politician. First, the hope that he might become the prime minister if the incumbent were disqualified seems to have been quashed. Then, his clout at the national airline was reduced against that of the MD.

Though he has been given the more prestigious portfolio of water and power to compensate, the perks at the previous portfolio were far, far better.

The decision about the PIA and another one regarding the chief of another public sector enterprise reportedly came at the request of the army chief.

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