May11- Sanity must prevail
May11- Sanity must prevail
It was a landmark achievement on May 11, 2013 when the political elite in the country had manage to complete a smooth transfer of power from one political government to another on completion of five years mandated term, for the first time in country’s political history by Pakistan People’s Party led coalition government.
This feat on part of politicians on one hand have given the impression that now the political parties and its leadership have grown up and on the other hand that democracy has taken roots in the country and in years to come its position would strengthen further.
But the decision of Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, an emerging political force in the country, to stage sit-in at D-Chowk almost in front of Parliament on May 11 with the support of over half a dozen so-called political parties known for their anti-democracy credentials and dubious role in the past, has once again cast dark shadows on the future of democracy in the country and it seems as if the things are slipping into the hands of anti-democracy forces and non-state actors.
It is time for all the democracy loving forces in the country to rally round Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) lead government to provide it with adequate strength and support to frustrate any attempt by these elements, who behind the democratic face of Imran Khan, could cause irreparable damage to the democratic institutions.
Frustrated by the infructuous judicial system, which failed to address their petitions against rigging in a few constituencies, Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf was entrapped by the non-democratic elements like Allama Tahirul Qadri led Pakistan Awami Tehreek(PAT), All Pakistan Muslim League(APML) and other such elements, which have no or negligible role in Parliamentary politics in the country, to use his shoulders in wrapping up the whole democratic system obviously to benefit the forces of status quo.
Nawaz Sharif after assuming the office of Prime Minister of Pakistan had acted smartly and so did the main opposition Pakistan People’s Party, and to some extent, Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf to the collective good of the system.
Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif setting aside all the grey patches in his relations with Asif Ali Zardari, Co-Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party, gave him assurance at the time of oath-taking ceremony to jointly work with him for the strengthening of the democratic order in the country.
PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari reciprocated with equal warmth and things seemed to be heading for better prospects both for the democracy and the people of Pakistan.
The policy of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) to respect the mandate of the political parties and doling out of Balochistan Chief Minister slot to a nationalist party head despite having the strength to have their own CM also went well with the democracy loving people. Similarly denying meddling in the affairs of the provinces despite having push from one of its coalition partner in Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa, Mian Nawaz Sharif had set a very good example.
PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari’s role throughout the past one year of PML-N government was quite positive and encouraging, especially in the face of ostensible fissures in the civil-military relations his visit to Prime Minister’s House and showing allegiance to the political government was act of a statesmanship which gave message to all and sundry that political forces are there to defend the system.
All these things have given great hope to the people that future of democracy is bright here and they would be reaping the benevolence and fruits of strong democracy very soon.
But the events of past couple of months with some hidden hands trying to create misunderstandings between the institutions and activating people like Dr. Tahirul Qadri and Hafiz Saeed, and even managed to engage Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, an emerging political force and acquiring the position of even replacing the two major political parties in the country, to come out on streets for wrapping up of the system rang alarm bells and has raised many a questions.
The mainstream political forces should look behind the wall and identify those holding the strings of these people as any lapse at this stage could once again derail the democratic order and push the country in the darkness of ‘undemocratic rule’ which could not be in shape of Martial Law this time.
It is time for Imran Khan and Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf to review their decision and should better adopt the democratic and constitutional way of getting their grievances regarding polls rigging addressed while on the other hand Pakistan Muslim League(Nawaz) government should also show some flexibility and accept the demand of rechecking of votes through thumb impression and if not possible should address the complaints of Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf as per their satisfaction for the sake of system. And in the process if Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) has to forgo a few National Assembly seats to save the system it is not a bad bargain because the political parties and their politics would only thrive when system keeps on rolling.
By: Syed Abid Gillani