Don’t drag ToRs issue too far
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.