Pakistan’s opposition continues down the jalsa path. Big crowds, star speakers and hard-hitting speeches – their coming together has now taken political centre stage while the government has been reduced to little more than reactions galore as minister after spokesman takes to the mike in front of a bunch of journalists to attack the opposition. By now, it is hard to see if these talks are serving any purpose.
This is not the first time a government in Pakistan has behaved thus, despite the many, many previous moments when such behaviour has merely illustrated a government’s nervousness.
But let us give the Imran Khan government its due. Its jitters are not uncalled for – after all, it is aware that their sins of omission and commission in keeping a check on the prices of food have provided oxygen – and ears – to the opposition’s thunder.
This is the one issue…