National thinking on ‘resignation’ crystallises
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.