THE so-called ‘two narratives’, or opposing point of views, within the PML-N have drawn the attention of the media and political opponents. At their core is party leader Nawaz Sharif’s stance that the establishment obstructs the policies and programmes of elected governments and, therefore, unless the establishment is taken on, criticised and pushed into restricting itself to what he considers is their constitutional role, contesting and winning elections will be meaningless. There seems to be a sizeable support for this stance of resistance or mazahmat, both within the party and among the public at large. His daughter and party’s vice president, Maryam Nawaz, is the most vocal proponent of this position and pulls large crowds at political rallies.
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