ISLAMABAD: It is no secret that the Sharif brothers prefer their bureaucrats over politicians and are known for their tendency to keep key government positions "in the family".
This has also proven to be their undoing as a crippling fuel shortage has all but paralysed their citadel, Punjab, senior PML-N office-bearers told Dawn.
Some leaders, who have been quite close to both Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif over the years, said that throughout the 90s and even now, the brothers have always preferred government officials and family members over party colleagues, something which has done them more harm than good.
As is evident from recent events, it seems that they have not learnt their lesson yet.
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"Even some of the ministers, who look all-powerful to the public, have nothing in their hands and need clearance from the PM's Office just to change their personal staff.
Moreover, Senator Ishaq Dar's omnipresence as the de facto prime minister and his tight control over nearly all ministries irks everyone in government," a PML-N lawmaker said.
"If somebody has to be asked to explain the long queues on petrol pumps, it's Ishaq Dar," the party member said.
This is not the first time that their approach to running the government has caused embarrassment to both the PM and the Punjab CM.
Only last week, on the eve of the PM's meeting with leaders of the business community, a couple of Karachi-based businessmen complained to him about the Private Power & Infrastructure Board (PPIB) and accused the Ministry of Water and Power of not facilitating them in setting up new power plants.