Pakistani politics is such that even in a situation when the army is seen to be distancing itself from politics, it is being dragged willy-nilly into the current issues of Jinnahpur and the ISI funding for IJI. Maturity in politics is likely to come after a long time but for the time being, sanity should prevail at the very least. At a time when army has started to distance itself from the governmental affairs, it amounts to showing red flag to the bull. What it will do is that the army would be pricked into taking some position, would exercise its presence and fall into the controversy mode. Mian Nawaz Sharif cannot excuse himself by saying that he did not know of the operation planned in Karachi and that he was away from the country. The chief executive cannot shirk his responsibilities or hide behind such ruses. My advice to all political wranglers is to regain consciousness immediately and draw a lesson or two from our history. If the army got involved in this, there are going to be no winners. -ZEESHAN FAISAL KHAN, Peshawar, via e-mail, August 29.