Na­tional thinking on ‘res­ig­na­tion’ crys­tallises

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

AS PTI leader Im­ran Khan and his po­lit­i­cal ‘cousin’Al­lama Tahirul Qadri are flex­ing their mus­cles for an­other ‘get-Nawaz’ cam­paign, Gallup sur­vey has crys­tal­lized na­tional thinking on the is­sue of seek­ing res­ig­na­tion of PM Nawaz Sharif with 68% Pak­ista­nis terming the propo­si­tion as un­fair. To make things worst for PTI leader, ma­jor­ity of peo­ple be­lieve it was dis­hon­esty on part of Im­ran Khan to ask for PM’s res­ig­na­tion when he him­self had been named in Panama Pa­pers and did not de­clare his off­shore com­pa­nies.

Neu­tral po­lit­i­cal ob­servers and an­a­lysts were al­ready unan­i­mous in their opin­ion that the de­mand of PTI had no back­ing of the peo­ple and re­sults of the sur­vey have lent cred­i­bil­ity to that per­cep­tion. In fact, there is a dom­i­nant view that fo­cus of the cam­paign, like sit-ins of D-Chowk, was ouster of Mian Nawaz Sharif and not against cor­rup­tion or ac­count­abil­ity as strat­egy of both PTI and PPP is to lynch PM and shield those in their own ranks from the iron clutches of the law. Dra­matic re-en­try of Qadri into na­tional pol­i­tics and re­ac­ti­va­tion of Sheikh Rashid and Chaud­hary brothers also raise ques­tions about real mo­tives of the en­tire game plan. Their designs are be­ing seen by ma­jor­ity of Pak­ista­nis as at­tempts aimed at desta­bi­liz­ing the sys­tem and cre­at­ing ob­sta­cles in smooth func­tion­ing of the elected Govern­ment, which is per­form­ing much bet­ter than the pre­vi­ous PPP Govt and also the in­cum­bent PTI-led Govt in KP. As the sur­vey in­di­cates, PTI and PAT are un­likely to muster enough sup­port of the masses to top­ple the govern­ment through vi­o­lent means but their cam­paigns would surely cre­ate in­sta­bil­ity and de­ter much-needed lo­cal and for­eign in­vest­ment. Un­for­tu­nately, po­lit­i­cal greed is reign­ing supreme over vi­tal strategic and eco­nomic in­ter­ests of coun­try as well as po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity, which is need of time when coun­try is be­ing squeezed by an­tiPak­istan re­gional and global play­ers. Met Of­fice has fore­cast in­ces­sant rains and re­sul­tant floods in July and Aug and instead of wast­ing en­ergy on power grab­bing tac­tics, at­ten­tion should be paid to mit­i­gate suf­fer­ings of the peo­ple.

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