No passing of the 17th amendment means none of the Sharif brothers will be in the slot for the PM anytime soon. That is something the MQM, PPP, ANP, JUI, JI, TI, the western powers, or even the army might not want to happen. Even some ambitious PMLN leaders would not mind that. But no matter what the MQM leader says about the NRO and the sitting president, the fact of the matter is that they, as well as JUI and ANP, have had about two good years in power. As they see Zardaris term ending and chances of a term for Nawaz brightening, more likely than not, they would jump decks. -M. SHAIKH, Islamabad, November 7.