Join­ing cor­rup­tion band­wagon

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - ALI ASHRAF KHAN

The Panama pa­pers cri­sis is xpos­ing the in­ci­dence of strange part­ners shar­ing com­mon in­ter­ests and per­cep­tions. One such case is Asma Ja­hangir de­fend­ing the Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif by say­ing ‘ Ac­count­abil­ity at the cost of democ­racy is un­ac­cept­able’. She im­plies that the coun­try needs Mr. Sharif in or­der to progress, what­ever that means in her vo­cab­u­lary, and that Pak­istan mi­nus Nawaz Sharif would mean poverty- stricken un­demo­cratic state. She is on record to have said that “I am the fiercest critic of Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif, but one thing I know is that in­sta­bil­ity at this point will cost us a lot and will bring poverty to the coun­try.”

Well that is funny. What about the poverty that is al­ready reel­ing in our coun­try and so­ci­ety? And where are the projects by which Mr. Sharif is bring­ing pros­per­ity? The Yel­low cab? The Orange line? Or does she think that the Chi­nese of­fer of 46 bil­lion dol­lar in­vest­ment for a CPEC is a spe­cific of­fer not to Pak­istan but only to Nawaz Sharif that will be with­drawn when he turns out to be cor­rupt and has to re­sign?

In­stead of full- fledged ac­count­abil­ity of Pak­istani lead­er­ship, she pro- poses that there should only be a two­point ToR, sug­gest­ing ac­count­abil­ity of the Prime Min­is­ter, Leader of the Op­po­si­tion and ev­ery Par­lia­men­tary leader of the political par­ties through a Par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee. This, she said, would purge the men­ace of cor­rup­tion from pol­i­tics. Well such a re­duced scope of ac­count­abil­ity would leave her out! Is that the pur­pose of all the noise she is mak­ing? — Karachi

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