Don’t drag ToRs is­sue too far

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

LShah, EADER of the Op­po­si­tion in the Na­tional As­sem­bly, Syed Khur­shid

who nor­mally adopts rec­on­cil­ia­tory tone and avoids harsh re­marks, on Mon­day, threat­ened to come on roads al­leg­ing that the Govern­ment was showing no flex­i­bil­ity on the is­sue of Terms of Ref­er­ence (ToRs). Dur­ing his speech in the Na­tional As­sem­bly on bud­getary pro­pos­als, he said dead­lock per­sists on the is­sue and that the Govern­ment should re­frain from push­ing the Op­po­si­tion to the roads.

On the face of it, the state­ment of the Leader of the Op­po­si­tion seemed to be cus­tom­ary but still a ref­er­ence to pol­i­tics of vi­o­lence should have been avoided by a leader of the stature of a per­son like Syed Khur­shid Shah. Other­wise too, Syed Khur­shid Shah has es­tab­lished his rep­u­ta­tion as a wiser, sober and se­ri­ous per­son­al­ity, who is mind­ful of his na­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. There­fore, he was not ex­pected to hurl a state­ment like the ones that have be­come hall­mark of Im­ran Khan who is in the habit of mak­ing such provoca­tive re­marks ev­ery now and then as part of his pol­icy to desta­bi­lize the present Govern­ment. It is re­gret­table that in­stead of match­ing per­for­mance of the PML-N in dif­fer­ent fields, PTI is re­sort­ing to leg-pulling as means to cap­ture power at all costs. In this back­drop, one ex­pected Syed Khur­shid Shah to play a role to help san­ity pre­vail and pacify things so that the Govern­ment sin­gle-mind­edly fo­cuses on its plans for de­vel­op­ment and wel­fare of the peo­ple. We say so be­cause such ir­re­spon­si­ble state­ments are in bad taste and sow seeds of con­flict and ten­sion in the pol­i­tics. This ten­dency of im­pos­ing one’s will on oth­ers through co­er­cion and vi­o­lence has de­stroyed the very fab­ric of de­cent pol­i­tics, played havoc with na­tional econ­omy and that is why peo­ple of Pak­istan are now fed up with long and short marches and wheel-jams. Govern­ment has its own ToRs and the Op­po­si­tion its own and it would be un­just to im­pose one on the oth­ers and there­fore, the wiser course would be to talk and demon­strate flex­i­bil­ity. In­stead of fo­cus­ing on ‘Get-Nawaz’, the is­sue of Panama Pa­pers should serve as an op­por­tu­nity to for­mu­late poli­cies and draft laws against rep­e­ti­tion of such things in fu­ture.

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