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Biggest Punjabi Show on Sunday: Will Punjabis rule at least one country on this planet?
- Barkat Lahori*
Biggest Punjabi Show on Sunday: Will Punjabis rule at least one country on this planet?



PUNJAB KNOWS LITTLE what is happening in Punjab. No wonder, Punjabis in India are not looking forward with any amount of anxiety to what will happen in Lahore on Sunday.

This Sunday, Punjabis in Lahore will go to polling stations to vote to elect their representative in NA-120, the technical name of the Lahore constituency that elected Nawaz Sharif repeatedly, making him thrice the country’s prime minister since 1990. 
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 Punjabi biradari is hard at work to ensure that Punjabis keep ruling at least one nation in this world. If you have not seen Lahore today, then you aren't born politically. Jis Lahore Nahi Vekhiya...
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The seat has been vacated by Nawaz Sharif. Or he has been made to vacate the seat.
 
This Punjabi has ruled the roost for a long time in Pakistan, but is currently embroiled in some serious shit. Pakistan's Supreme Court has disqualified him in the Panama Papers case, and much of Pakistan is trying to understand whether he stands disqualified for life or a fixed period.

Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of Nawaz Sharif, is contesting NA-120.

Most Punjabis on this side of the Radcliff Line have heard of Gama Pehalwan. Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, who was the First Lady of Pakistan till the apex court gave its decision, is Gama Pehelwan's granddaughter.  

Her daughter Maryam Nawaz is running a rather boisterous campaign of Sher Aaya, Pher Aaya. Kulsoom, meanwhile, is lying sick in a bed in London. Talk of London, though, hardly takes attention to Kulsoom, but triggers speculation about some flats that the Sharifs own there. 

It is understood that the political career of Nawaz Sharif may be buried under the debris of these flats.

Punjabi biradari is hard at work to ensure that Punjabis keep ruling at least one nation in this world.

If you have not seen Lahore today, then you aren't born politically. Jis Lahore Nahi Vekhiya... 
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On Sunday, Punjab will decide perhaps the political fate of Pakistan. It may also trigger a resetting of equations between Pakistan's political establishment and top judiciary. It may also decide if a Punjabi will keep ruling one country on this planet.
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From Nisbat Road to Laxmi Chowk to Mozang to Temple Road to Sant Nagar to Krishan Nagar to Mohni Road to Sanda to Anarkali to Beadon Road to Hall Road, Punjabis are matching optic for optic, tactic for tactic, gimmick for gimmick, slogan for slogan, and wherever they are unable to answer any serious question about wealth, assets or Panama papers, they spring a Lion. Sher Aaya Sher Aaya, Pher Aaya Pher Aaya.

Lion is the election symbol of Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League (N).

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s Dr Yasmin Rashid is running a solo drive. Expert driver Imran Khan started the engine, encouraged his troops and went to London. 

PML-N has seen tough times earlier, too. Nawaz Sharif's hand-picked candidate Pervez Malik had won this seat even in 2002 when the Sharifs were living in exile and hardly anyone believed in Musharaff's regime that they will ever return home.

It has been a family seat for long. In 2008, it was won by Kulsoom's nephew Bilal Yasin. Sharif himself had polled more than 91,600 votes in 2013, but it is the 52,354 ballots that Yasmin Rashid walked away with which are giving sleepless nights to a sick woman in a London bed.

On Sunday, Punjab will decide perhaps the political fate of Pakistan. It may also trigger a resetting of equations between Pakistan's political establishment and top judiciary. 

It may also decide if a Punjabi will keep ruling one country on this planet.

Lahore NA-120 is the biggest show Punjabis will be watching this Sunday. 
(*Barkat Lahori's ancestors belonged to Hujra Shah Muqeem in Depalpur, Okara. He now lives in Mohali, Punjab because it has both – Moh and Ali, and keeps an eye on Lahore – from Anarkali to Panama.)
 

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