Is an­other un­holy NRO in the off­ing?

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

Tported HOUGH JUI-F leader Maulana Fa­zlur Rehman has de­nied his re

meet­ing with PPP leader and for­mer Pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dari in Lon­don but me­dia chan­nels were in a mad race to re­port the meet­ing and also what tran­spired there. It was also topic of dis­cus­sion in most of the talk shows with some foul mouthed anchors go­ing to the ex­tent of sug­gest­ing who could be the next Prime Min­is­ter in the new scheme of things.

Con­tacts and con­sul­ta­tions among po­lit­i­cal par­ties and lead­ers is noth­ing new and it hap­pens ev­ery­where in the world but un­for­tu­nately these are stretched to wild imag­i­na­tion in our coun­try and those do­ing so know­ingly or un­know­ingly con­trib­ute to deep­en­ing of crises that be­fell the coun­try ev­ery now and then. It is un­der­stood that those talk­ing about res­ig­na­tion of the Prime Min­is­ter are toe­ing the line of dooms­day pre­dic­tor Sheikh Rashid Ah­mad, who has been giv­ing dates for the fall of the Govern­ment with claims that he knew the name of the next Prime Min­is­ter. Sim­i­larly, to sug­gest that the PPP is be­ing of­fered the slot of Pres­i­dent in ex­change for its sup­port to bail out the Govern­ment over Panama Pa­pers is­sue is also a far-fetched idea in the Pak­istani pol­i­tics. How­ever, it is also a fact that at­tempts are be­ing made to wrap up the is­sue of cor­rup­tion as a fair and across the board in­ves­ti­ga­tion is likely to hurt al­most all po­lit­i­cal par­ties be­sides some other vested in­ter­ests. Par­ties and Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans are in the habit of gang­ing up when it comes to safe­guard­ing their per­sonal in­ter­est is con­cerned and this was also re­flected in the adop­tion of rec­om­men­da­tion by the Na­tional Assem­bly for man­i­fold in­crease in salaries and al­lowances of MPs, fol­lowed by a sim­i­lar mo­tion by KP Assem­bly. But peo­ple of Pak­istan are fed up with such com­pro­mises and will not al­low an­other un­holy NRO to shield the cor­rupt, like pro­tec­tion of crim­i­nals un­der NRO con­cluded dur­ing Mushar­raf era.

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