Un­demo­cratic de­mand of PM’s res­ig­na­tion

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

PTI leader Im­ran Khan, while en­dors­ing his old part­ner’s La­hore sitin, has re­peated his dream de­mand of res­ig­na­tion by Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif. Speak­ing in Sialkot on Fri­day, he said MNS should re­lin­quish his post un­til com­ple­tion of in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Panama Leaks al­le­ga­tions and ac­cused both the Prime Min­is­ter and the Chief Min­is­ter Pun­jab Shah­baz Sharif of money-laun­der­ing.

PTI chief has been re­peat­ing the un­demo­cratic de­mand of res­ig­na­tion so fre­quently and frivolously that it has lost at­trac­tion for peo­ple and that is why Im­ran Khan is not get­ting any sup­port for this from any quar­ter ex­cept a bunch of self-cen­tered and power hun­gry politi­cians who have their own axes to grind against Sharif fam­ily. In the first place, there is hardly any logic to ask the Prime Min­is­ter to re­sign when his own name is not men­tioned in Panama Pa­pers and spar­ing other im­por­tant per­son­al­i­ties in­clud­ing Im­ran Khan him­self who are specif­i­cally named in Panama Leaks. This selec­tive ac­count­abil­ity speaks vol­umes about real de­signs and mo­tives of those who have ganged up against the Gov­ern­ment on the is­sue of Panama Pa­pers. Would they also an­swer why Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron, whose name also ap­peared in Panama Leaks, has not re­signed and no one in UK is ask­ing for that? Sec­ondly, an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of peo­ple of Pak­istan is weary of pol­i­tics of 1990s when none of the elected govern­ments was al­lowed to com­plete its term with dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences for sta­bil­ity and eco­nomic progress of the coun­try. Ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties seemed to have learnt les­son and PML(N) proved this by al­low­ing oth­er­wise in­ef­fi­cient and cor­rupt to the core PPP Gov­ern­ment to com­plete its five year but now some forces are in haste to dis­lodge the in­cum­bent Gov­ern­ment on this or that ex­cuse. Old char­ac­ters – known for their du­bi­ous agenda – are again join­ing hands and there are plans to re­peat the mantra of res­ig­na­tion through vi­o­lence and street ag­i­ta­tion as was done dur­ing months-long Sit-ins of Islamabad, which pro­duced noth­ing for ag­i­ta­tors but in­flicted heavy losses on the coun­try. What an irony that politi­cians like Sheikh Rashid, who has mis­er­ably failed to at­tract even a sin­gle leader or work­ers to his one man party for the last about a decade, has the au­dac­ity to ask Nawaz Sharif to quit power claim­ing that PML(N) has be­come un­pop­u­lar, a claim not sub­stan­ti­ated by ground re­al­i­ties! Sheikh and Qadri have no po­lit­i­cal fu­ture at all as they are mis­fit in nor­mal pol­i­tics of Pak­istan but Im­ran Khan is dam­ag­ing his own rep­u­ta­tion and pop­u­lar­ity of his party by in­dulging in rhetoric and fu­tile ex­er­cises. In­stead, be­ing gov­ern­ment in wait­ing, PTI should come out with an elab­o­rate pro­gramme as to how it plans to ad­dress the cru­cial chal­lenges fac­ing the coun­try.

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