IT may not be a spat, but it is unseemly and needs to be quickly brought to an end.
The civil and military arms of the state talking to one another via the media is rarely a good idea, particularly if the messages being conveyed back and forth are of an uncomfortable nature.
There is no denying that macroeconomic indicators are not as healthy as they could be or ought to be.
The government, in praising its economic achievements, is looking backwards whereas a forward-looking view of the economy suggests genuine threats that require urgent attention.
Indeed, it is troubling that the government is unwilling to acknowledge the obvious, reinforcing a perception that the PML-N is fixated on the legal troubles of the Sharif family and is perhaps looking to defer difficult economic decisions until a caretaker administration is installed ahead of the next general election.