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Behind the clandestine partnership between the BIG TWO

Today’s Dawn headline is both stunning and amusing.
“Government, PPP breathe fire as spat scales new heights.”
“Nisar and Qaim Ali Shah exchange barbs over extension in Rangers’ mandate.”
It is all stunning because Sindh Government’s defacto boss Mr Asif Ali Zardari (calling shots from his Dubai capital) seems to be in no mood to grant the Rangers, authority to extend their probe into fiscal crimes committed by politicians and their henchmen.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah, though is trying to match Chaudhry Nisar Ali’s gibes, lost his patience with the barrage of questions the other day, and admitted helplessly: “Do I have any authority to extend anyone else’s authority?”
So it is all between Mr Asif Ali Zardari (who not very long ago had scornfully said he knew more about waging wars than most) and Chaudhry Nisar Ali who is under fire from the PPP leaders for his ‘mischievous’ support to the Rangers’ cause. Chaudhry’s contention is that he is not backing the Rangers’ cause, but the cause of the people of Karachi who want the operation to go on and on till the very last terrorist is eliminated. It so happens that the Nation in general is in support of Chaudhry Nisar, though some questions are in the air as to why the Federal Government is taking its time in putting its foot down to break the deadlock.
The answer is simple.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali is not the Federal Government. It is Mian Nawaz Sharif who has the key to the deadlock.
And according to the knowledgeable sources, Mian Nawaz Sharif is in no mood to create an irreversible wedge between himself and his partner Mr Asif Ali Zardari. This partnership has its roots in their mutual need to keep the Army away from all matters of corruption-related governance. It is not just the love for democracy of both, that is behind their clandestine partnership, it is also the looming threat to the fortunes they have piled up.

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