Would someone take notice of Achakzai’s rebellion?
LKhan EADER of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Mahmood
Achakzai is known for unconventional remarks on different issues but this time round he crossed all limits in suggesting that Pakistan’s KP Province belonged to Afghans. In an interview to an Afghan newspaper, he commented that if Afghans are harassed in other parts of Pakistan, they should come here to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, where no one can ask them for refugee cards, because it also belongs to them.
In the first place, at a time when the entire Pakistan was unanimous in drawing conclusion that enough was enough and Afghan refugees should now go back to their homeland, Achakzai’s insistence on keeping them on Pakistani soil at all costs is not understandable. Perhaps, for him, racial background and political expediencies are more important than security interests of Pakistan, a country where his party has been doing politics both within and outside corridors of powers. Secondly, Achakzai seems to be living in the fool’s paradise when he says KP belongs to Afghanistan. Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khattak has rightly pointed out to him that people of the Province voted in favour of Pakistan in a free and fair referendum and no one can envision Pakistan without KP. People of KP have also taken exception to his remarks and rejected them forthrightly. His seditious remarks were reminiscent of what Bacha Khan had been trying to preach by expressing allegiance both with Afghanistan and New Delhi and preferred Kabul as his last abode. But his politics was rejected not only by people of Pakistan but people of KP as well and it is satisfying to note that today’s ANP is doing politics while remaining strictly within the national mainstream. Why people of KP would identify themselves with Afghanistan when they are far more better socially and economically than citizens of the neighbouring country? If Afghan refugees are not willing to leave Pakistan and go back to their homeland, why any resident of KP would want to join Afghanistan? Remarks of Achakzai are ridiculous, nonsense and devoid of sanity and we hope there will be someone in Pakistan who will take strong exception to such dangerous outbursts.
IN May 2016, the National Assem bly passed, within minutes, an amendment in the Constitution envisaging so-called reforms in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The 22nd constitutional Amendment involves procedure to be adopted for the appointment of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The amendment was based on the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms regarding the qualification and other prerequisites for the CEC and the members of the ECP. It appeared that objective of this amendment was to make ECP free from judicial pre-eminence, as there was neither mention of training the field staff to check rigging and ensure fair elections nor empowerment of the ECP nor empowerment of the ECP because unless it is independent financially, it will be under the pressure of the government.
According to the amendment, in addition to a retired judge of the Supreme Court as was the case before amendment, a senior bureaucrat or a technocrat would be eligible for appointment as the Chief Election Commissioner. A retired judge of any high court will also be eligible for the office. Chief Election Commissioner and four members of the commission will be appointed with