Undemocratic demand of PM’s resignation
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.