Rein in un-Par­lia­men­tary flare-ups in NA

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIAL & COMMENTS -

Wday HAT hap­pened on the floor of the Na­tional Assem­bly on Wednes

sent highly dis­may­ing sig­nals to peo­ple of Pak­istan about level and ap­proach of some Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans. A Fed­eral Min­is­ter used highly deroga­tory re­marks about a fe­male law­maker, which were in the po­litest terms un-Par­lia­men­tary, un­cul­tured and in­sult­ing and the Speaker jus­ti­fi­ably had to ex­punge them from the record of the pro­ceed­ings.

No doubt, the attitude of PTI’s Shirin Mazari pro­voked Khawaja Muham­mad Asif, who felt dis­tracted from his speech be­cause of un­re­strained shrilling on the part of the for­mer, but the way he re­acted was also un­for­tu­nate and by do­ing so he not only harmed his own im­age but that of the party as well. It is job of the Op­po­si­tion to crit­i­cize and use dif­fer­ent tac­tics to squeeze the trea­sury mem­bers while re­main­ing within the Par­lia­men­tary norms and the trea­sury mem­bers es­pe­cially Min­is­ters are sup­posed to ex­er­cise max­i­mum re­straint and re­spond to such sit­u­a­tions in a calm man­ner. Min­is­ters and Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans must be a role model in ev­ery re­spect and they should be cau­tious enough in choice of words. This should be par­tic­u­larly so when it comes to mak­ing re­marks about women as our re­li­gion and so­ci­etal norms tell us to treat them with re­spect and dig­nity. One is shocked to hear foul re­marks from a per­son of the stature of Khawaja Asif, who is scion of a no­ble soul Khawaja Muham­mad Saf­dar and hails from the city of Al­lama Iqbal. His party – PML(N) – too is per­ceived to be a party of com­par­a­tively well man­nered and cul­tured mem­bers and there­fore, con­duct of ev­ery mem­ber and worker should strengthen this im­pres­sion.

IN July 2015,in these col­umns, the fore­cast was made that Don­ald Trump would be the Repub­li­can Party’s stan­dard bearer fpr the 2016 Pres­i­den­tial polls. This was de­rided at the time, but has since proven to be ac­cu­rate. De­spite what the “ex­perts” say, Trump is far more at­trac­tive can­di­date to US vot­ers than Hillary Clin­ton, who is so clearly scripted in an at­mos­phere where vot­ers are dis­gusted with “pol­i­tics as usual”. How­ever, to suc­ceed, Trump needs to un­der­stand the rules of the game, among which is the need to not mouth in pub­lic what is com­mon­place in pri­vate. Stereo­typ­i­cal views of Cau­casian, African Amer­i­can and Lati­nos get freely ex­pressed in closed­door get-to­geth­ers com­pris­ing peo­ple of a sin­gle so­cial group.

It has been said be­fore and needs to be re­peated that it was the peo­ple of Europe, many of them,who them­selves as­sisted in the over­turn­ing of a global or­der in which they dom­i­nated over the rest by force of weaponry. In UK, for ex­am­ple, sig­nif­i­cant num­bers of cit­i­zens them­selves did bat­tle with likes of Win­ston Churchill, who (al­though part Na­tive Amer­i­can him­self through his mother’s side) openly re­garded those not of cau­casian stock as un­fit for self-rule. Com­pared to Churchill, Don­ald Trump is ul­tra-lib­eral How­ever, he is also from a gen­er­a­tion that has seen its val­ues by­passed by the re­al­i­ties of mod­ern ex­is­tence. In In-

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