Mushtaq Minhas: Pakistani Hero
The recent Shahbaz Sharif fiasco seems to have entirely vanished from the media. This is a real shame, since what he said is up there among the most egregious things stated by someone in power at the time.
Regardless, as Shahbaz Sharif’s back was against the wall, his media lions had taken it upon themselves to defend him. Seeing as how what he said verged on the indefensible (a 1-2 punch of Taliban sympathy and provincialism), Mushtaq Minhas took it upon himself to use the oldest (and seemingly most effective) trick to defend good ol’ Shahbaz; The Non-Issue.
A female Member of Parliament from the Frontier, Nighat Orakzai, symbolically handed her dupatta over to Shahbaz Sharif as he apparently needed it’s protection more than she did.
Here we have Mushtaq Minhas’ most excellent rebuke to Nighat Orakzai’s dupatta tossing:
However, to truly understand what led Mushtaq Minhas to put up this highly effective resistance, we must delve into the mind of the Right Wing Talkshow Host:
And there you have it. The Non-Issue courtesy Mushtaq Minhas.
As an aside, I actually think that the reaction of a portion of the media and of the PML-N’s legislators who appeared on talk shows is a good thing. No one in their right minds actually thinks that they can say “So what? The Taliban are good Islamic brothers” anymore. Just a year ago, pre-Nizam-e-Adl, Taliban love was all the rage. Public perception has indeed shifted. And as victories go, that’s kind of a big one.